SACP Skenjana Roji District mourns the passing of its Former District Treasurer

Media Statement

SACP Skenjana Roji District mourns the passing of its Former District Treasurer, Comrade Zoliswa Patience Matana 

The South African Communist Party (SACP) Skenjana Roji (Buffalo City Metro) is deeply saddened by the passing of Comrade Zoliswa Patience Matana, the former SACP District Treasurer and Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality (BCMM) Deputy Executive Mayor. Comrade Zoliswa Matana succumbed to short illness on Wednesday, 9 December 2020.

The SACP Skenjana Roji District conveys its heartfelt condolences to the family of Comrade Matana, the congress movement and the people of the BCMM. Let us all find strength to go through this difficult moment and pay befitting tribute to our fallen comrade and servant of the people and their organisations.

Comrade Matana dedicated her entire life serving the people and our movement selflessly. She joined the liberation struggle at her youth as an anti-apartheid activist. She grew and nurtured within the ranks of the congress movement. Comrade Matana was an activist worker whilst working at the factory in West Bank. She was recruited to serve as an administrator of the South Allied Workers Union (SAAWU). She played an important role in establishing structures of the African National Congress (ANC) post the unbanning of political parties.

Comrade Matana has been a committed activist of the SACP having served in various structures of our Party up to the level of the District Executive Committee (DEC). She was elected to serve as the SACP District Treasurer in the Skenjana Roji 2nd District Congress.

She also served as the Regional Executive Committee (REC) member of the ANC. At the time of her passing she was serving as the Provincial Executive Committee (PEC) member of the ANC.

Comrade Matana has served the ANC led alliance in governance from 2011 when she was deployed as the PR councillor in the BCMM. At the time of her passing she was serving as the BCMM Deputy Executive Mayor.

She played a vital leadership role in the fight against Covid-19 and the struggle to save people’s lives. At all occasions she urged all people to take this virus seriously and appreciate the harm it has caused on many families and communities.  In her memory, we must renew our commitment to serve the people selflessly and to the struggle of advancing, deepening and defending our shared national democratic revolution.

May her soul rest in eternal peace.

Issued by the SACP Skenjana Roji District

For more information contact:

Siyabonga Mdodi

SACP District Secretary

Mobile: 083 358 8070

Email: simdodi@gmail.com

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