The African National Congress (ANC) has confirmed the death of one of its longest standing members, Nonhlanhla Mthembu.
The deceased fainted with her boots on during the City of Joburg’s inaugural council meeting held on Monday to elect Johannesburg Mayor, Speaker and Chief whip. Sadly, she gave up the ghost hours later.
Fondly known as Black Diamond and Stompi, Mthembu served as Johannesburg’s councillor in the 2011 – 2016 term of office. She was re-elected to serve for another five years.
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Though the cause of her death is still unclear, she will be remembered for her selfless devotion towards community service.
Confirming the tragic news, the ANC said:
“The ANC in Gauteng was deeply saddened by the sudden passing on of Mthembu, fondly known as Black Diamond and Stompi. She collapsed during the City of Joburg’s inaugural council meeting.
Ms Mthembu who recently celebrated her 50th birthday was an activist at heart; and a longstanding member of the ANC. She had devoted her life to serving her community.”
Political Parties Condole With ANC On Nonhlanhla Mthembu’s Death
Following the death, many political parties in the country have sent their thoughts to the ANC family and the family she left behind.
“My deepest condolences to the caucus of the AnC for the loss of their Cllr. It is indeed sad. My thoughts are with her family,” DA national leader Mmusi Maimane said.
“Our deepest condolences to the @MYANC and the family of the departed ANC councillor,” said EFF’s Julius Malema.
“Her untimely death has left the DA caucus saddened. Her death will be a loss to our new council, and to our city,” said DA’s mayoral candidate Herman Mashaba.
Nonhlanhla Mthembu’s death is perceived as another tragic blow to the ruling party – which has been struggling to find its feet in Johannesburg after it was sidelined and humiliated in the just concluded municipal elections.