Information from the Presidency has it that President Jacob Zuma has declared a Special Provincial Official Funeral for the former Member of the Executive Council (MEC) and Speaker of the Free State Provincial Legislature, Ms Mantsheng Ouma Tsopo,
Mantsheng Tsopo passed away on New Year’s eve, 31 December 2016.
Specifying that the Provincial Official funeral Category 1 is designated by the President of the Republic of South Africa for The Speaker of the Legislature and Members of the Executive Committee, a statement from the Presidency said:
“The President has instructed that the National Flag be flown at half-mast at every flag station in the Free State Province on the day of the funeral.
President Zuma has extended his deepest condolences to the Tsopo family, relatives and the Free State Provincial Government on this sad loss.
The details of the funeral will be communicated by the Free State Provincial Government.”
The Free State Speaker’s Forum chairperson Baleka Mbete said Mantsheng Tsopo left a healthy legacy with the hundreds of graduates from a reference group she chaired.
As learnt, the reference group implemented a development programme tasked to empower MPs and members of the provincial legislature.
Mantsheng Tsopo served in parliament about 13 years ago. Commenting on her legacy in parliament, parliamentary spokesperson – Manelisi Wolela – remarked that the deceased priority was always about how to better the society.
Similarly, Speaker Mbete described Mantsheng Tsopo as a visionary leader, a humble servant and a selfless dedicated champion of life-long learning.
According to Life Mokone, the spokesperson for the provincial Legislature, Acting Premier Elzabe Rockman will lead the funeral arrangements that will be held at the Meloding Methodist Church on Saturday, 7 January at 08.30.