The ANC notes with sadness the untimely death of one of its longstanding activists and administrator, Cde Eric Matlawe. Cde Eric’s death signifies a great loss for the movement, the people of the North West and the entire country.
An activist from a young age, Cde Eric cut his political teeth in the youth and student movement. He joined the SASCO branch at the University of Bophutatswana and served as a SRC Deputy President from 1991 to 1992.
In 1993, Cde Eric Matlawe, Solly Bokaba, Otsile Ntsoane, Boitshoko Senne and other student leaders were detained and tortured by the Bophutatswana regime for a period of 27 days.
With the advent of democracy, Cde Eric found his passion in Local Government where he has been hailed as an accomplished administrator.
He had served our people in many capacities including as Director in the Department of Local Government in the North West, Chief Director in the Gauteng Provincial Government responsible for Urban Renewal, Municipal Manager in Rustenburg Local Municipality and Administrator in both Madibeng Municipality and Ditsobotla Local Municipalities
His life epitomized the notion that revolutionaries oppose death by affirming the struggle for life, for the liberation of humanity and for the end of all forms of poverty. Cde Eric Matlawe has left behind a rich legacy which should inspire our resolve to fight poverty and rid our government of the cancer of corruption and maladministration.