The African National Congress (ANC) has expressed sadness over the sudden demise of Mangaung Deputy Executive, Mayor Connie Rampai.
Comrade Rampai died in a car accident in the early hours of Saturday morning after her vehicle collided head-on with a heavy goods truck.
Spokesperson for Trauma Response Africa Stanley Schimper, said the crash occurred on the N1 between Verkeerdevlei and Winburg.
ANC Confirms Mayor Connie Rampai’s Death
Confirming the incidence also, the ANC in the Free State said Rampai died while driving back to Bloemfontein from the African National Congress (ANC)’s provincial executive committee meeting in Johannesburg.
“Comrade Connie has been a committed member of the ANC whose life was defined by [her] continued activism and [her] work amongst the many communities.
“We have no doubt she has impacted positively on many lives in the Free State province and in Mangaung Metro municipality where his constituency is based. Even in death she will remain the champion of the poor,” said spokesperson Thabo Meeko.
A media statement by the ANC added, “At this moment of hardship to her family and kin, we convey our heartfelt condolences. While she has passed on, her work in the organization and her selfless commitment to the struggle for total emancipation of our people and our collective commitment to improve the quality of life of all South Africans will remain with us.
She departed whiles in the line of revolutionary duty.We deep our banners in salute of this soldier of the National Democratic Revolution.Lala ngoxolo Qabane.”
Following the tragic incidence, Mangaung spokesperson Qondile Khedama has described Rampai’s death as a loss to the municipality and its residents.
“The broader society of Mangaung have described her as respectful, thoughtful and committed to her work, so we want to send the messages of condolences to the family of Rampai,” Khedama said.
Meanwhile, the Mangaung Municipality says plans for a memorial service and funeral for Deputy Mayor Connie Rampai is underway.