Sunday , November 29 2020

Tributes pour in when the UDM loses another leader to Covid-19



UDM Chairman Assistant Filtane

UDM chairman assistant Filtane

  • UDM’s Vice President Mncedisi Filtane has died.
  • The news was announced on social media by party leader Bantu Holomisa.
  • He died just days after the burial of former Nelson Mandela Bay mayor Mongameli Bobani – also a UDM leader.

UDM has lost another leader to Covid-19. Party leader Bantu Holomisa announced that the party’s chairman, Mncedisi Filtane, had undergone the virus on Sunday morning.

In a statement, Holomisa said Filtane, an MPL in the Eastern Cape legislature, was admitted to hospital on Friday due to low oxygen levels.

“We have lost a gentleman and a father,” Holomisa said. He added that more information would be released over time.

Messages of condolences from political leaders have since begun to pour in on social media.

READ | Former Nelson Mandela Bay Mayor President Bobani dies

Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula said Filtane was a gentleman who was passionate about politics, articulate and remorseful in his belief in social justice.

ATM leader Vuyo Zungula also expressed his condolences to the UDM and the Filtane family.

Deputy Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture Nocawe Mafu expressed shock and said that Filtane was health-conscious and full of life.

IFP member Liezl van der Merwe said Filtane was hard-working and passionate about fixing South Africa.

“But I remember him for his humorous mind and the infectious laugh.”

His death comes just days after the former mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay Mongameli Bobani was buried after his death due to Covid-19 complications.

Bobani was diagnosed with Covid-19 more than three weeks ago and had been in hospital.

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