The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) in Gauteng has lost two of its members to death. One of the deceased, Nkosi Molala, from Tshwane, was a member of the EFF in Ward 72 Atteridgeville, west of Pretoria.
Notably, Nkosi Molala, a soccer legend and a former Robben Island prisoner died in hospital after a long illness on Sunday, 4, September. His political activities led to his incarceration after the 1976 Soweto uprising. He was affectionately known as “Let them Dance”.
Nkosi Molala’s Legacies
“Let them Dance” was the founding president of the Black Consciousness Party (BCP); former chief executive of the South African National Council for the Blind and former president of the Azanian People’s Organisation (Azapo). He will be laid to rest on Sunday.
The second fighter is activist Maria Mampa; from Tembisa. She was a founding member and first Convenor of EFF Ward 12, Phomolong-Ekurhuleni.
Mampa was influential in the mass mobilisation and recruitment for the EFF in Tembisa as early as 2013. She would be fondly remembered for diligently serving the party as a sub-regional member in the Northern Sub-region of Ekurhuleni. Mampa died on Friday and will be buried on Saturday in Tembisa.
Comforting both families, EFF Gauteng acting chairperson Mandisa Mashego said in a statement:
“The EFF in Gauteng mourns the sad loss of two of our fallen activists. We send our deep condolences to their families; neighbours, the larger community, friends, as well as to the broader membership in Tshwane and Ekurhuleni.”
Mashego recalled that Mampa’s
“passion for education and development was underscored by her community service; as an elected deputy chairperson of the School Governing Body (SGB) of Phomolong Secondary School – a school with a 100% matric pass rate.”
The party added that the two would be greatly missed.