Tag: Condolence

ACDP shocked by news of ANC MP being shot and killed

The ACDP is shocked and saddened by the news that ANC Member of Parliament, Sibusiso Radebe, was shot dead in Roodepoort, Gauteng, last night (Tuesday, June 19).

ACDP MP and Chief Whip, Cheryllyn Dudley, today said that, “Honourable Radebe was a colleague and we are saddened by this tragic news. We in the ACDP send our heartfelt condolences to Sibusiso’s family and ANC colleagues”.

Preliminary reports indicate that the deceased was with another person in a vehicle parked in Carbon Street, Lindhaven, when two suspects allegedly approached the vehicle and opened fire, fatally wounding the deceased, while his companion managed to escape uninjured.

The police were searching for two people in connection with the 40-year-old politician’s murder. The motive is still unknown.

“We call on authorities to act swiftly to apprehend suspects and investigate the killing. This does not bode well as we head toward the 2019 elections which will be fraught with political tensions”, Dudley said.


ISSUED BY: CHERYLLYN DUDLEY MP
20 June 2018

Heartfelt condolences over horrifying pit latrine death of 5-year-old child in Bizana

ACDP Member of Parliament Cheryllyn Dudley today said that “The ACDP is angered to hear we have lost another child in this horrific manner on our watch as a Parliament responsible for the oversight of the Education Department”.

Viwe Jali, a 5-year-old learner from the Luna Primary School in Bizana, Eastern Cape, fell into a pit latrine on Tuesday and died.

“The ACDP sends heartfelt condolences to Viwe’s parents and family. Your grief must be unbearable.  We pray you will experience the peace and comfort of our Lord Jesus,” Dudley said. “We note the response of the department and are glad to hear counselling services are being provided to the school.”

A case has been opened with the local police at the Mzamba Police Station and investigations are proceeding into the circumstances surrounding little Viwe’s death.

“Infrastructure backlogs are a serious challenge but unsafe structures and those without decent sanitation, electricity and water must be acknowledged as crisis situations and be responded to with far greater urgency.”

Minister Motshekga expressed her anguish saying, “Words cannot express the pain I personally feel at the loss of a young life in this horrific way. To know that as a sector we have not been able to address these infrastructure issues fast enough, for a number of reasons, breaks my heart.

When a tragedy like this occurs it makes us more resolute of the continued need for the Accelerated School Infrastructure initiative (ASIDI) so that we can continue to fast track these schools that are in desperate need of infrastructure and make them safe havens for our children”.

5 225 maintenance projects are presently under way around the country and the Eastern Cape has already exhausted its maintenance budget.

“This is not good news especially as we are facing huge budget cuts as a country and the needs grow daily,” Dudley said. “It is some comfort however that provinces have been compelled to set aside funding for maintenance because some provinces were not budgeting for it and letting schools become more and more dilapidated.”

The Accelerated School Infrastructure Delivery Initiative (ASIDI) has delivered 191 schools to date, of those 141 have been in the Eastern Cape replacing inappropriate structures. The initiative has also provided water to 666, sanitation to 453 and electricity to 372 sites around the country with the majority of these projects being in the Eastern Cape. This excludes schools built by the provinces through their Education Infrastructure Grant.


ISSUED BY: CHERYLLYN DUDLEY MP
15 March 2018

Tsvangirai remembered for his commitment to a better life for Zimbabweans

The African Christian Democratic Party has extended its sincere condolences to the friends and family of former Zimbabwean Prime Minister and Leader of the main opposition, Movement for Democratic Change, Morgan Tsvangirai.

Tsvangirai passed away after a battle with colon cancer in Johannesburg yesterday (14 February 2018), at the age of 65 after receiving treatment for 18 months.

ACDP Leader Rev Kenneth Meshoe says, “We have learned with sadness of the passing of Mr Morgan Tsvangirai. He gained the respect of many leaders across the globe through his commitment to fighting for the betterment of the Zimbabwean people. He will be remembered for his long and unwavering political battle against former Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe.

We express our sincere condolences to his family, friends and colleagues, and we pray that they experience the comfort of God’s healing at this difficult time”.


ISSUED BY: REV KENNETH MESHOE MP 
15 February 2018

ACDP saddened by death of South African jazz icon, Hugh Masekela

Legendary South African Jazz musician Hugh Masekela passed away today after a long battle with cancer.

A statement released by his family this morning confirmed that ‘Bra Hugh’, as he was affectionately known, “had battled prostate cancer, and had passed on peacefully in Johannesburg this morning, January 23, surrounded by his loved ones.”

In October, Bra Hugh cancelled a scheduled performance at the Hugh Masekela Heritage Festival in Rockville, Soweto to dedicate himself to battling the disease and called on all men to go for regular cancer check-ups.

ACDP President and Member of Parliament, Rev Kenneth Meshoe, today said that, “The ACDP is grateful to Bra Hugh for placing South Africa on international stages with his exceptional talent that ‘made the trumpet speak.’ The skills he had with the trumpet made even those who were not lovers of Jazz listen, because he had a gift that allowed him to explore endless possibilities with his choice of horn. He has left a vacuum that will be difficult to fill, but we trust that those young musicians he had mentored in his lifetime will bring back his memory each time the blow the horn he so loved.”

Hugh Ramopolo Masekela was born on 4 April 1939 in Witbank. Bra Hugh received numerous awards throughout his life, among them the Order of Ikhamanga – South African National Orders Ceremony (2010); an honorary Doctorate in Music from the University of York (2014); a Doctor of Music (honoris causa) from Rhodes University (2015); and the African Music Legend Award – Ghana Music Awards (2007).

Masekela is survived by his wife, Elinam Cofie, whom he married in 1999 and for whom he penned the song ‘Ghana,” his daughter, Pula Twala, and his son, Selema “Sal” Masekela, from his relationship with Haitian Jessie Marie Lapierre.


ISSUED BY: REV KENNETH MESHOE MP
23 January 2018