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RIP: MEC Mandla Makupula

MEC Mandla Makupula, a long serving Member of the Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature, died in the early hours of Monday morning in East London.
By Communication - 08 October 2018
RIP: MEC Mandla Makupula

The Members and staff of the Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature send sincerest condolences to the family and colleagues of the late MEC Mandla Makupula who passed away on 7 October 2018.


Looking back at the scope of MEC Makupula's long political career, MEC Makupula was not one to shy away from heated political discussions or debates, but would engage with common decency and respect. 


The spirit of collegiality that he maintained will be sorely missed in the Legislature corridors. Lala ngoxolo, rest in peace.  



The ANC Caucus in the Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature issued the following statement on the death of the MEC:




8 October 2018


The ANC Caucus in the Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature expresses distress at the news of the passing on of one of our own – Comrade Mandla Makupula, who passed away in the early hours of Monday the 8th of October 2018.


Comrade Rema, as he was affectionately known, firmly established himself within the ranks of the South African Communist Party (SACP) and the ANC as one of the finest thought leaders. He joined the Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature in 1999, and was deployed as Chairperson to numerous Legislature Portfolio Committees including Public Works, Office of the Premier and Education. He was then deployed to the MEC for Education position, where he served with the utmost diligence, integrity and humility.


Having established himself as a teacher, comrade, adviser and friend – our gentle giant was highly committed to making a contribution towards the emancipation of the poor and disadvantaged people of the Eastern Cape. 


Comrade Rema’s well-rounded character saw him display his leadership prowess on various platforms such as the Trade Union movement, his tenure as the Provincial Secretary of the SACP, and the immeasurable role that he played as the ANC Regional Chairperson of the present day OR Tambo Region. At the time of his death, Comrade Rema was a Central Executive Committee Member of the SACP. 


He leaves us at a crucial period wherein the ANC is well into its renewal drive. His superior leadership mind-set and advanced analytical processing in this regard will be sorely missed. 

The ANC Caucus wishes to extend heartfelt condolences to Comrade Makupula’s family, friends, colleagues and fellow comrades. 


Hamba Kakuhle Mkhonto weSizwe. We raise our fist in your honour. You have displayed unmatched service and dedication to your charge.


Issued by the ANC Chief Whip in the Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature, Honourable Fundile Gade