KZN PREMIER SIHLE ZIKALALA AND HIS EXECUTIVE COUNCIL MOURNS THE PASSING OF HARDWORKING MEMBER OF PROVINCIAL LEGISLATURE AND CHAIRPESON OF COGTA PROTFOLIO COMMITTEE RICARDO MTHEMBU

 

KZN Premier Sihle Zikalala has on behalf of the Provincial Executive Council, mourned the passing of the Chairperson of the Cooperative Governance Portfolio Committee, Former Mayor of KwaDukuza Municipality and Spokesperson of the ruling African National Congress, Mr Ricardo Mthembu.

 

The news of MPL Ricardo Mthembu’s passing has sent shockwaves to the KZN province resulting to the Executive Council suspending some its activities.

 

“As the Provincial Government of KwaZulu-Natal, we are devastated and deeply saddened by the passing away of Mr Ricardo Mthembu, a hardworking Member of the Provincial Legislature and a tireless servant of the people of KwaZulu-Natal. Said KZN Premier Sihle Zikalala”

 

“Mthembu’s untimely demise  has robbed us of a comrade, a brother, a confidant, and cadre who had a sharp brain, a deep sense of humility, and extraordinary leadership qualities. He was one of the finest among us. In fact, speaking about him in the past tense will take a lot of getting used to.   His passing has come as a complete shock to us, and brings home, in a most profound way, the cruelty of death”. said Premier Sihle Zikalala.

 

“MPL Ricardo Mthembu, was a dedicated, committed, and tried and tested leader of the people of KwaZulu-Natal. He always worked hard to better the positions of those he served. As a former Mayor of KwaDukuza Municipality, he oversaw the exponential growth of the KwaDukuza Municipality and Ilembe District into an economic powerhouse and one of the fastest growing districts in the province. Under his tenure he facilitated massive infrastructure projects such as the construction of bridges, roads, and hospitals that brought employment opportunities to many unemployed people. He catapulted the district to be an investment destination of choice, attracting investors in property and business”. Premier Zikalala added.

 

“It is through his tireless efforts that the KwaDukuza Municipality has experienced stability as he was at the forefront of promoting peace and ending taxi violence. As the Chairperson of the Cooperative Government Portfolio Committee, Mthembu was very instrumental in turning around the state of Local Government in the province. He fought tirelessly for the poor and underprivileged bringing lasting improvements in the lives of many residents” Concluded Premier Sihle Zikalala.

 

It is with heavy hearts, that we send our deepest condolences to the Mthembu family. We call upon the media and the public to respect the dignity of the family. We are in contact with the family and his political home the ANC.

 

Issued by the Provincial Government Communication

 

For more information Contact:

 

Provincial Government Spokesperson – Lwennox Mabaso on 0828842403

 

Or Bongani Mthethwa on 0832530748