Statement of the Thabo Mbeki Foundation on the passing of Minister of Environmental Affairs, Comrade Edna Molewa.

22 September 2018

The Thabo Mbeki Foundation has learnt with great shock and sadness of the passing of Minister of Environmental Affairs, Comrade Edna Molewa.

Comrade Edna played an important role in the struggle for our liberation while she served in the civics and labour movements. In recognition of her role as a committed champion of the interests of workers, she was elected 1st Deputy President of the South African Commercial, Catering & Allied Workers Union (SACCAWU) and later became one of the founders of the labour federation, COSATU.

From 1994, Cde Edna played prominent roles in the provincial and national legislatures and executives of our government, thus becoming one of the midwives who shaped our democratic order.

Our Patron, President Thabo Mbeki, the Board of Trustees and the staff of the Thabo Mbeki Foundation wish to express our deepest condolences to the Molewa family and the African National Congress to which she belonged.

May Comrade Edna’s soul rest in eternal peace!

Issued by the Thabo Mbeki Foundation.

For enquiries: Siyabulela Gebe, +27 72 371 4807

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