MEDIA STATEMENT BY THE
INKATHA FREEDOM PARTY


On the Passing of Hon. Moleeane Ben Skosana, MP

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 parliamentary staff. 

 

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 his family. 

 

 

ISSUED BY THE OFFICE OF THE IFP PARLIAMENTARY CAUCUS CHAIRPERSON,
Mr VB Ndlovu , MP