An African National Congress (ANC) councillor in the JB Marks municipality in North West has died in a car accident, the party said on Thursday.
Acting provincial secretary Sussana Dantjie said Moeder “Muda” Mokae died on Wednesday.
“The ANC is saddened that while the party and the country are grieving the passing of Mama Madikizela-Mandela and Ntate Zola Skweyiya, we also lose a councillor in a tragic accident that took the lives of six other people,” she said.
Mokae was a Member of the Mayoral Committee (MMC) for sport and recreation in the JB Marks municipality, formerly Tlokwe.
“Councillors are the first point of service delivery for our communities and it becomes even more painful when we lose people who are in contact with our communities on a daily basis to ensure that their lives are changed for the better. We send our sincere condolences to the family, friends and comrades of councillor Mokae and wish them strength in this difficult time,” she said.
Mokae and another council employee were travelling to Potchefstroom after attending a council meeting in Ventersdorp. Their car collided head-on with another car, both cars burst into flames.
The pair and the two occupants of the other car burnt beyond recognition, a six-year-old child from the other car died later in hospital.
Meanwhile, Community Safety and Transport Management MEC Dr Mpho Motlhabane raised a concern about deaths reported in the province in the past two days.