Scores of prominent South African politicians, friends, family and loved ones of deceased Limpopo agriculture MEC Joy Matshoge gathered in Polokwane on Wednesday to pay her their last respect.
The event which held at the Jack Botes hall pooled representatives of rival parties, South Africa’s International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana Mashabane and Deputy Minister for Agriculture Bheki Cele.
Matshoge passed away in a car crash outside Mokopane in Limpopo on Saturday night while driving to Gauteng.
Her body was found a few metres away from her BMW X5 after it swerved off the road, went through a farm fence and smashed into a tree on the N1 South near Nyl Plaza in Mokopane.
MEC Joy Matshoge Remembered
During the event, Matshoge’s close friend who doubles as Modimolle mayor Meisie Lekalakala described the deceased as a loving and passionate woman, who was there for the people of Modimolle.
Matshoge’s uncle, Peter Mosito‚ said: “She was not just anyone. She was a great woman. A child who was given to us is no longer here.”
Prior to her death, Matshoge was appointed the Member of Executive Council for Agriculture and Rural Development on May 2014 by Premier Chupu Stanley Mathabatha.
She also worked at Modimolle local municipality as Manager: Waste Management under Social Services, Waterberg District as Director responsible for Social Services.
The MEC served as member of Provincial Legislature in various portfolios and Deputy Speaker. During her time at the Legislature, she Chaired Portfolio Committee for CoGHSTA and served as a member for various committees like Public Works and Social Development.
In April, no fewer than 11 people from ward 60 in Ekurhuleni in Gauteng died in an auto crash while returning home from Port Elizabeth.
ER24 paramedics said the bus rolled off the N1 highway between Ventersburg and Winsburg in the Free State, trapping passengers underneath the vehicle.