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ANC saddened by Death of Nomvula Khellinah Shoba

11 May 2009

The ANC is deeply saddened by the loss of it cadre and newly appointed Member of Parliament Nomvula Khellinah Shoba who passed away due to heart failure after returning from President Jacob Zuma`s inauguration in Pretoria.

"Mama Khellinah" as she was affectionately known, was born on 29 September 1956. She joined the ANC in 1990 and held several positions within the tripartite alliance, including that of Secretary and Deputy Chairperson of the ANC, Provincial Secretary of the Congress of SA Trade Unions in Mpumalanga and Regional Treasurer of the National Union of Mineworkers.

She was a member of the SA Communist Party as well as the ANC Women`s League and was a Branch Secretary and later Deputy Chairperson of her ward.

The attainment of gender parity and other gains achieved by women since the dawn of democracy were largely brought about through courageous and unwavering struggles waged by women of the calibre of comrade Shoba.

Her death has robbed the ANC and people of South Africa of a militant and an uncompromising comrade who advanced women`s issues with a passion. We dip our banner in honour of this gallant daughter of our nation and servant of the working class.

Our heartfelt condolences go to her husband, her six children and five grandchildren, and close friends. We wish them strength at this time of sorrow and bereavement.

Issued by:
Jessie Duarte
National Spokesperson
African National Congress

More information:
Brian Sokutu 071 671 6919
Ishmael Mnisi 082 333 5550