The former North West MEC for the department of education Johannes Tselapedi, affectionately known as OJ Tselapedi has passed away. Although the details surrounding the cause of his death are still sketchy, messages of condolences have been pouring in for the former reverend MEC who nearly became North West premier following Supra Mahumapelo’s resignation in 2018.

The North West ANC has reacted with shock to the news. “Cde Tselapedi was a decorated freedom fighter, a distinguished leader of our people and an accomplished political, religious and social activist.”

Tselapedi served the ANC at a provincial level in many capacities including as the Deputy Chairperson of the ANC in the North West. After the democratic breakthrough in 1994, he was appointed to serve in the North West Provincial Government as MEC for Transport and Aviation. He was subsequently appointed to serve as MEC for Agriculture.

In a statement released by the ANC, the party said it had lost a loyal cadre whose commitment to the unity, rebuilding, renewal o of ANC was demonstrable through his contribution in the Interim Provincial Committee. “The people of the North West province have been overwhelmingly favoured through his sterling, humble and selfless leadership as we dipped our revolutionary black, green and gold flag in honour of this son of the soil, we convey our deepest and heartfelt condolences to his family, friends, comrades and the people of the North West Province. May his revolutionary soul find eternal peace” the party said in a statement.