Speaker of the Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipal Council in the Eastern Cape, Alfred Mtsi.

SPEAKER of the Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipal Council in the Eastern Cape, Alfred Mtsi, has succumbed to COVID-19-related complications.

He died in hospital. The province is one the hardest-hit by the pandemic, registering 48 232 cases.

Buffalo City Mayor Xolo Pakati has described Mtsi as one of the most dedicated activists of the African National Congress.

Pakati was speaking on the sidelines the funeral service for AmaRharhabe Queen Noloyiso Sandile, who also succumbed to COVID19-related complications.

He said Mtsi’s death is a huge loss for the province.

“We are very devastated at the passing of our Speaker. Councillor Mtsi died very early this morning. He was diagnosed with COVID-19 illness and as such he could not survive and we convey our condolences to his family.”

Mtsi is a third BCM ANC councillor to die this month following the death of Zukiswa Mankayi and Gideon Norexe.

“This is extremely depressing and devastating for me. We were highly bonded with comrade Mtsi in ways unimaginable and it seems that fate and the allocation of tasks in the people’s movement always reinforced this in an intriguing manner,” said Pakati.

(Compiled by Inside Politics staff)

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