MPHELENG – The African National Congress (ANC) in Sekhukhune Region said it had learnt with a deep sense of sorrow and sadness about the sudden passing away of Comrade Tseke Jan Lepota.
In a statement, the party said the broader revolution had lost a dedicated, committed, selfless, hardworking and disciplined combatant of the struggle and servant of the people.
The late Lepota served youth formations in various capacities. He was described by the party in the region as an activist of the struggle for both pre and post democratic dispensation. He served also in South African Communist Party at Phandelani Ramagoma District, Sekhukhune region, as its District Executive Committee member.
At the time of his death, he was serving as Sekhukhune region Executive Committee (REC) member, ANC Sekhukhune Regional Working Committee (RWC) and ANC Sekhukhune Regional Head of Organising and Mobilisation Sub-committee. At governance level, Lepota was the Chief Whip of Sekhukhune District Municipality Council.
Tshepo Matenche, ANC Sekhukhune regional spokesperson, said Tseke served diligently in the PMT and council of Sekhukhune District Municipality.
“He served the people of Sekhukhune selflessly. Comrade ‘Hlabirwa’ will be misses dearly in political circles and service of the people,” said Matenche.
A joint statement between Lepota family and Sekhukhune District Municipality, informed the late Chief Whip would be buried on Saturday 04 April 2020 at Mpheleng Village in Dennilton outside Groblersdal.
The statement said in the light of regulations regarding funerals during the lockdown, it was decided that only 50 people would be allowed to attend the funeral, attendance of the funeral was strictly per invite, there would be no night vigil and that there would be no memorial service.
The statement added that the family understood that a lot of the late Lepota’s friends, comrades, extended family members and the community in general would like to be part of the mourner’s who would pay their last respects on Saturday.
“However, given the seriousness of the national state of disaster we all find ourselves in as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, the family is pleading with everyone to respect these restrictions. This call of adherence to the rule of law, first made by President Cyril Ramaphosa, is in the best interest of the nation. Undoubtedly, Chief Whip Lepota would have supported it. A memorial service will be organized once life in our country returns to normal and only when regulations permit,” concluded the statement.