11 February 2014
It is with great sadness that I announce the sudden and
unexpected passing of the Hon. Mr Ben Skosana MP this evening.
The Hon. Mr Skosana served as House Chairperson of the National
Assembly and was a senior member of the IFP, having been one of
our longest serving members.
He served his nation with dedication,
integrity and skill. His contribution in the field of
international relations and cooperation, as well as his
leadership as Minister of Correctional Services, will be
remembered in years to come as a model of exemplary service.
His passing is a loss to our Party, to our
Parliament and our country. It is a loss to me personally, for
Mr Skosana was a friend with whom I shared many of my career's
tribulations and victories. We worked side by side for several
decades to shape our country on the best democratic principles.
His wisdom and vast experience have served us
well. It will not be easy to bid farewell to this stalwart
friend and colleague. It is left to us to honour his memory and
remember the remarkable body of work he contributed to both the
liberation and democratic maturity of South Africa.
Our thoughts are with his family at this
difficult time. We offer our condolences. To Mr Ben Skosana, we
express even now our heartfelt thanks.
May he rest in the peace he so richly