Condolence Motion on the passing on of ANC Mp and Deputy Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, Bavelile Hlongwa

The African National Congress moves without notice: That the House

  1. notes with great sadness the tragic and untimely passing on of the Deputy Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, Honourable Bavelile Hlongwa in a car accident on the N1 travelling from Polokwane on Friday 13 September 2019;
  2. understands that Honourable Hlongwa and four other people were run over and killed by a truck after the deputy minister stopped to assist at another accident;
  3. further understands that Honourable Hlongwa had been returning from the 75th anniversary celebrations and a political school of the African National Congress Youth League which was held at the University of Limpopo on Friday;
  4. acknowledges that Cde BV, as she was popularly known as, was appointed Deputy Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy by President Cyril Ramaphosa in May 2019;
  5. further ackowledges that prior to her appointment, she served as executive deputy chairperson of the National Youth Development Agency and was also the member of the ANC Youth League National Executive Committee;
  6. recalls that she studied at the University of KwaZulu-Natal Howard College, where she obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in chemical engineering;
  7. believes that the death of Honourable Hlongwa is a devastating untimely loss of a talented young leader who, together with the Minister of Minerals and Energy, played an important and dynamic role in an important sector of the economy;
  8. further believes that the untimely death of Honourable Hlongwa has  left an immense void within the structures of the ANC, and her death has robbed the country of one of its most committed public representatives; and
  9. extends its heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Deputy Minister Bavelile Hlongwa, as well as to the families of the four people who also tragically died in the accident.