National Assembly: 22 February 2011
It was with a heavy heart that the Inkatha Freedom Party learnt of
the sad passing of Ambassador Jannie Momberg on the 7th
January this year.
Jannie or “Jan Bek” as he was known within political circles
had a distinguished career spanning over more than 50 years
beginning firstly with the National Party within whose ranks he rose
to become of the parties leading parliamentarians. In 1989 he was
instrumental in the founding of the Democratic Party and in 1991
joined the ANC after its unbanning.
Jannie climbed swiftly through the ranks of the ANC becoming one of
the parties first parliamentarians in 1994 serving his time as House
Whip and Chair of the programming committee with his prior
parliamentary experience proving to be an invaluable guiding light
to his party in navigating the highways and by-ways of parliamentary
He was also directly involved at community level, and in particular
at the various informal settlements in and around the Western Cape
which he vehemently defended against all opposition.
In 2001 Jannie received the Ambassadorship to Greece, a post which
he served with the utmost aplomb and distinction, thereafter finally
retiring to Muizenberg, Cape Town with his wife Trinnie and keeping
himself busy with various business ventures and in spending time
with his family especially his grand children whom he loved very
Jannie, as was mentioned at his funeral service in Stellenbosch, was
a “bridge builder”, a “peacemaker”, a critical link between two
deeply divided traditional and political cultures. This role came at
no small cost to Jannie personally which is in itself a testament to
the strength of the character of the man, as they say “Cometh the
hour, cometh the man” and Jannie Momberg was truly one of these
Jannie had a great love for sport and was directly involved in SA
Athletics at local, national and international levels, one of the
highlights of his ambassadorship being the hosting of the South
African Olympic team at his ambassadorial residence in Athens during
the Olympic games.
South Africa truly needs more individuals of the calibre, character
and vision of Jannie Momberg and we as the Inkatha Freedom Party
for humbly salute and thank Mr Momberg for his most noble efforts
and the role he played in creating a unified South Africa.
I thank you.