Death robs Gert Sibande SACP of two executive committee members

The party has described this year as one devastating year after Sibusiso Radebe also died.


The SACP in the Gert Sibande region of Mpumalanga has been robbed of two district executive committee members following the death of parliamentarian Nokhaya Mnisi and Nomthandazo Karube.

Both women served in the district executive committee of the communists.

Mnisi, who was in Parliament, died on 18 September 2018 while Karube, who worked in the Elukwatini ANC constituency office died on 19 September.

Both died after a short illness and their deaths follow that of parliamentarian Sibusiso Radebe who was shot dead while he was with a girlfriend in Rood­e­poort‚ Johannesburg in June 2018.

Radebe was an executive committee of the SACP in the same Gert Sibande district.

Communist regional spokesman Nephtal Magagula said they have learnt of the two leaders’ death with “a deepest sadness and shock”.

“The SACP has been robbed of dedicated leaders who have always been there for the party and the people of this district, particularly the working class and the poor,” Magagula said.

He said both Mnisi and Karube served in many structures of the party in the district “aimed at liberating the people of South Africa”.

He said they were sending their heartfelt condolences and were thanking the families of both of them “for having selflessly allowed their daughters to serve the SACP, ANC and the country.



“They were indeed committed revolutionaries who served the masses with distinction,” he said.

YCL Gert Sibande leader Ayanda Mashaba said the young communists were “shocked” at their death.

“In this saddening time we remember the words of Isaac Newton when he said that to see further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants,” Mashaba said.

“We say so because as the YCLSA in Gert Sibande district to have been where we are, was necessarily because we have giants who guided and mentored the organisation and its leaders.

“These are the fallen heroines whom we shall remember, particularly their honest and constructive criticism. They’re  joining  comrade Butana Shabangu, Sam Shabangu and Sibusiso Radebe.

“We are conveying our deepest condolences to the two families and the entire SACP structure,” added Mashaba.

(edited by ZK)

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