ANC Mpumalanga saddened by murder of Sibusiso Radebe


The party sent its message of condolences to his wife, family and friends.

The ANC in Mpumalanga is saddened by the killing of parliamentarian Sibusiso Radebe, it said in a statement.

“It is with a sense of profound sadness and loss that the African National Congress (ANC) in Mpumalanga announces the untimely and unfortunate death of ANC member of Parliament, comrade Sibusiso Radebe,” spokeswoman Sasekani Manzini said.

Radebe, who was also the SACP’s regional executive committee member in the Gert Sibande region of Mpumalanga, died on Tuesday night after being shot at by two unknown men.

His car was packed on Carbon Street in Roodepoort, west of Johannesburg when the two men shot him. They then fled in a dark Ford Fiesta with unknown registration.

Police say Radebe was with another person in the car and the person managed to flee unharmed.

“The bullets which took comrade Sibusiso’s life brought an end to a promising political career which started in the Congress of South African Students (COSAS) and the ANCYL. Already in 1994 comrade Sibusiso was elected into the provincial structure of COSAS in Mpumalanga as deputy secretary and went on to chair a branch of  the South African Students Congress (SASCO) in Pretoria Technikon, now TUT, in 1998,” Manzini said in the statement.

Radebe, who is from the Elukwatini area of Mpumalanga, east of Badplaas, will be remembered as a ” robust and committed leader of a generation of young activists who were at the forefront in the construction of a democratic South Africa”.

“He will be remembered as a young South African patriot, who was committed to setting up institutions of youth development like the National Youth Development Agency to champion the development of young people,” Manzini said.

ANC parliamentary caucus leader Jackson Mthembu said Radebe was a dedicated servant of the movement.

“The ANC sends its deepest condolences to comrade Radebe’s wife and his entire family. May they find solace in the knowledge that we painfully share their loss and thank them for having [lent] the ANC and the country this incomparable servant of our people,” said Mthembu.

(edited by ZK)

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