He was the one of the ANCYL’s rarest breeds – young, energetic, articulate and affable.
It’s a sad week in Gert Sibande following the passing of the ANC’s newly elected deputy regional secretary Trevor Nkosi at the age of 39.
Comrades and community members are trying to come to terms with the news of the young man’s passing.
Condolences continued to pour in on social media since Trevor Nkosi’s death was announced on Saturday 28 May 2022.
Nkosi – known among his contemporaries as Processor – was also the re-elected district municipal chief whip. The district said they “prayed for strength” to the Nkosi family during this time of difficulty.
The ANCYL in Gert Sibande said Nkosi led a “selfless” struggle and served the region with distinctions.They wished to convey their heartfelt condolences to his family, friends, comrades and “all those he touched directly and indirectly during the course of his activism”.
“We hope they will find solace in knowing that many share in their grief,” the league said.
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Nkosi’s political journey begins some 10 years ago when he joined a branch of the ANCYL in Ermelo and soon afterwards got promoted to occupy positions of influence in the Mpumalanga ANCYL.
First he was appointed the ANCYL Gert Sibande Coordinator in 2013 after the league was disbanded across South Africa following the expulsion of then Youth League leader Julius Malema.
He was elected the ANCYL regional secretary in Gert Sibande when a conference was held in December 2013 in Badplaas.
At the following ANCYL conference held in September 2015, Nkosi emerged as regional chairperson and the following year would see him continue his political ascension when he was elected ANCYL provincial deputy chairperson at a provincial conference held in Mbombela, June 2016.
At the time of his death Processor was a deputy secretary of the ANC, elected just last month during the Gert Sibande ANC regional congress held in Badplaas.
Processor is the only person to have led two structures of the youth league simultaneously, holding the position of regional chairman in Gert Sibande and Mpumalanga provincial deputy chair from June 2016 to September 2017.
“We will remember him as a young activist who answered to the call to serve our people with dedication, love and humility,” the ANCYL said.
“Comrade Trevor was part of the generation that resuscitated and championed the inclusion of young people in all strategic positions of government and the congress movement,” the league said in a statement.
Nkosi is expected to be laid to rest the coming weekend in his home town of Ermelo.
Last month, a weak Nkosi, spoke briefly about his illness when he met the 013NEWS reporter during the provincial conference in Witbank.
It was a Friday Morning 1 April 2022 and we were standing with him outside the eMalahleni municipal offices in Downtown Witbank collecting conference accreditation cards.
“The last three weeks was bad,” he said, after he told the reporter he wasn’t feeling well.
“I was in ICU. I just got discharged and I said to myself I can’t miss the conference, that’s why I’m here,” he said.
“But now I’m feeling better,” he added.
He then revealed that they were preparing to hold the Gert Sibande ANC conference on 8 April 2022.
“We don’t want to waste time. We are convening the conference next weekend,” he said.
“We want to finish these conferences and focus on other issues, like uniting the movement and delivering services,” he said.
Indeed it is a sad day in Gert Sibande and across Mpumalanga, to lose such a charismatic, affable and humane young leader who had a seriously promising future for the movement he led.
He was a young giant who had big roles waiting for him in our society.
Hamba kahle Nkhosi…
Hamba kahle Dlamini…
Wena Weluhlanga lwakangwane
May his powerful soul rest in eternal peace.
(edited by ZK)
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