The South African National Civic Organisation (SANCO) in the North West is saddened by the passing away of former mayor of Madibeng Local Municipality, Poppy Magongwa who died while admitted at the George Mkhari Provincial Hospital due to covid complication.

SANCO Provincial Chairperson Paul Sebegoe described Magongwa who also served as a member of the disbanded SANCO National Executive Committee as a stalwart of the civic movement and a courageous revolutionary cadre.

 “She is among comrades who cut their political teeth in the trade union movement and after her release from detention without trial during the state of emergency contributed towards establishing the first civic structures in the Moretele and Odi areas of the Eastern Region of the then Bophuthatswana Bantustan under the command of the late ANC stalwart Cde Molefe Makinta,” commented Sebegoe in paying tribute to Magongwa.

The former member of the ANC Eastern Regional Executive Committee (REC), ANC Bojanala REC, ANC NW Provincial Executive Committee and Provincial Working Committee is to be buried on Saturday morning at Ga-Mmotla village after a brief funeral service at her home in Elandsrand outside Brits.

Sebegoe stressed that Magongwa was among former councillors who had laid a firm foundation for local government having served on the Transitional Eastern District Council and as the first speaker of the erstwhile Eastern District Council.

 “Unfortunately, her brief tenure as Madibeng Mayor was docked by political strife but this did not deter her from making her contribution. We salute Comrade Poppy from her commitment and resilience. We wish to convey our condolences to her family for supporting her throughout as well as for far sharing with us their humble but assertive gender, human rights and development activist,” he maintained.

 He emphasised that a fitting tribute to Magongwa will be to work for the unity of the revolutionary alliance, renewal of the ANC and to ensure that the civic movement is not hijacked by those who are proxies for disgruntled beneficiaries of state capture who do not want to be held accountable for their treacherous actions.

 “We must safeguard SANCO against capture so that it must remain the voice against corruption and vanguard of our communities, i.e. if it to remain relevant as well as work tirelessly towards a people centered and community driven development that is characterised by accountability and clean governance,” underscored Sebegoe.

 Magongwa also served a Member of the Mayoral Committee in the Bojanala Platinum District Municipality from 2000 to2011 and was redeployed back to the said institution after her tenure as Madibeng Mayor where she continued to serve as Municipal Public Accounts Committee (MPAC) Chairperson until 2016.