Speaker of Parliament, Baleka Mbete, says the country has lost a humble, selfless and dedicated champion of life-long learning in former Speaker of Free State Legislature, Mantsheng ‘Ouma’ Tsopo’s passing.
Tsopo died on 31 December and has served the democratic government and the South African Legislative Sector in various capacities since 1994 until her resignation as a Member of Parliament in 2015 due to ill-health.
Mbete extended her condolences on behalf of the Speakers Forum to her husband, children, family, friends and colleagues in a statement issued on Monday.
“Her leadership, left behind a formidable track record of over 700 MPs and MPLs, who graduated with certificates, diplomas, and degrees up to a Masters level. Her humble and exemplary leadership was demonstrated when she subjected herself to various phases of the programme despite being a Masters Degree graduate already, and in so doing inspired many members to participate,” it read.
She says it is in this role that she will always be remembered and missed by the Legislative Sector.
Mbete further extended condolences to the current Speaker of the Free State Provincial Legislature, Mamiki Qabathe, who tragically lost two grandchildren who drowned in a swimming pool over the weekend.
Members of the Speakers Forum will join these families when they lay to rest their loved ones, with the Qabathe family funeral occurring on Friday and the Tsopo family laying Ouma to rest on Saturday this week.
Statement issued by Chairperson of the Speakers Forum