A South African member of parliament has died of COVID-19 related complications. ANC MP Zamuxolo Joseph Peter died after contracting coronavirus.
The death of Peter comes after other ANC MPs Martha Phindile Mmola and Doris Dunana Dlamini died of COVID-19 related deaths in the last two months.
According to IOL News, chairperson of the portfolio committee on tourism, Supra Mahumapelo, said Peter was a dedicated member of his committee.
“One could always count on Zamuxolo Peter for assistance when the assistance is required, and he would go the extra mile to ensure that the objectives of the committee were met.
“I remember when a particular radio station was looking for a Nguni speaking person for a radio show on tourism in traditional areas, Mr. Peter being committed to the transformation of tourism in villages, townships and small towns, stepped in and did a fine job of promoting the work of the committee,” said Mahumapelo.
He said Peter was also against corruption as he wanted clean governance.
“One of his ideals was to ensure that we have corrupt-free governance in South Africa and that we, as Members of Parliament, exercise our oversight mandate and hold the government accountable for its delivery of services to the people,” said Mahumapelo.
The late MP was described as being driven by the objectives of non-racialism and a non-sexist and united South Africa, he joined parliament as a member of the National Assembly after the 2019 general election
In South Africa, COVID-19 has not only affected MPs but also members of the Cabinet have also been infected and have been hospitalised.
Those infected include Mining Minister Gwede Mantashe and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi.