12 February 2014
Hon. Ben Skosana MP was born on 7 May 1947 in
Sharpville, Transvaal. He became a member of Parliament of the
Republic of South Africa in 1994.
Four years later he was appointed as a Minister of
Correctional Services by the then President Nelson Mandela.
After the official retirement of President Mandela in
1999, Mr Skosana was reappointed to the same Ministry by the
incumbent President, Mr Thabo Mbeki until 2004. He served as
National Assembly House Chairperson for Members' Interests from
2007 to date, as well as being a Member on the portfolio
committee on International Relations and Cooperation.
He was a member of the Inkatha Freedom Party
since inception in 1975. He was a permanent representative of
the IFP in London between 1987 and 1994.
Mr Skosana qualified as a teacher from
Wilberforce Training College before doing a Diploma in Social
Development at the Coady International Institute of St Francis
Xavier University in Canada.
He proceeded to do a BSc and MSc in International Affairs
at the Pacific Western University in the United States.
Mr Skosana passed away yesterday, Tuesday, 11
February 2014, at African Marcos Restaurant in Cape Town while
having dinner with a dear friend, Minister of Public Works, the
Hon Thulas Nxesi.
Our country, our Party and Parliament have
lost a great mind, an experienced politician, a humble servant
of the people and a true patriot. His vast reservoir of
political knowledge, his diplomatic demeanour and wonderful
sense of humour will be sorely missed by our caucus and
The Inkatha Freedom Party has lost one of its
greatest sons. The Hon. Skosana worked tirelessly together with
Prince Buthelezi, for the IFP and the country he loved.
We salute you Baba Skosana and wish you
Godspeed on your journey. Our heartfelt condolences go out to
ISSUED BY THE OFFICE OF THE IFP PARLIAMENTARY
Mr VB Ndlovu , MP