The ANC in Limpopo, joins the people of Limpopo, South Africa and the Communist Community is sending messages of condolences to the family of Cde Joyce Mashamba, who passed away yesterday, after a long illness.
Cde Joyce Mashamba, one of the longest serving members of the Limpopo Provincial Govt was ‘many things, to many of us’, and was central to the liberation struggle of the people of South Africa.
At the time of her unfortunate death, Cde Joyce was the MEC for the Dept of Agriculture and Rural Development, and had been granted leave of absence by Premier Chupu Mathabatha, because of ill health.
A dependable cadre of the Movement, Cde Joyce and George Mashamba’s family home, was not only used as an underground hide-out during the days of heightened police presence, but it also served as a shelter for most local comrades who were being integrated into their respective communities, from prison and exile.
The ANC in Limpopo dips its banner in honor of this ‘mother to the motherless, a towering figure during the apartheid regime, and a glue that stuck us together as the ANC, when most cadres would have given up’.
She had occupied numerous roles in the Limpopo Provincial Govt Cabinet, and had made an enormous impact in every portfolio that she oversaw. She passes away, at a time when ‘most of us, in Govt, the Legislature and the Tripartite Alliance’, where still tapping into her well of wisdom and knowledge.
Manana Mashamba was a courageous cadre whose fearless role in the underground structures of the movement contributed immensely in the destruction of Apartheid. She subsequently used the same vigour in her relentless efforts to build a new South Africa through different roles she played in Government and the ANC. This was to be the same strength she used to fight her long illness.
But we take comfort in the knowledge that Cde Joyce Mashamba has lived her life well, and has helped this ANC led Govt to formulate a solid foundation, in addressing the challenges of poverty, inequality and unemployment.
On behalf of the people of South Africa, the ANC would like to send messages of condolences to her husband, Cde George and their children, during these trying times.
May her Soul Rest in Peace.
Issued by: Nocks Seabi
Media Enquiries: Khumbudzo Ntshavheni, PEC Spokesperson