Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has received devastating news that one Member of Parliament from the Basic Education Portfolio Committee has died in a fatal car accident, leaving three others serioulsy injured.
The Department of Basic Education on Wednesday said Members of Parliament were traveling together to conduct school oversight visits in the Paarl area near Cape Town this morning, and on route they were involved in a crash where their vehicle overturned.
The Minister has expressed shock and sadness at the passing of the MP whom she knows well and has worked with in Parliament for a number of years.
The department said the name of the MP cannot be released until the family has been informed.
However, the Minister has sent her deepest condolences to the family as they deal with this untimely and tragic loss.
She also wished those in hospital a speedy recovery and said she will be monitoring their progress closely.
The department said Minister Motshekga and her Deputy, Enver Surty, have an excellent working relationship with all members of the Portfolio Committee who have shown their commitment and dedication for the important work they do by always holding the department to account.
It is going to be a very difficult time for all members as they morn this loss and recover from this tragedy and the thoughts and prayers of everyone at the Department of Basic Education are with those Members during this time, said Minister Motshekga.
The Portfolio Committee was travelling with a team from the department who formed part of the oversight delegation which started its work in the Western Cape on Monday. They were due to complete their programme on Friday. The department said they have all been accounted for.
Source: South African Government News Agency