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UDM deputy national chairperson dies

THE deputy national chairperson of the UDM and MPL in the Eastern Cape, Mncedisi Filtane, died of COVID-19 this morning (Sunday).

UDM MPL dies
The UDM's deputy national chairperson and MPL in the Eastern Cape, Mncedisi Filtane, died of COVID-19.

United Democratic Movement president, Bantu Holomisa, announced the tragic news on Twitter just after 08:00 today. According to Holomisa, Filtane was admitted to hospital on Friday with low oxygen levels and died in the early hours of this morning. “We have lost a gentleman and a father,” Holomisa wrote in his post.

“We are terribly shocked by this loss as we now try to console the Filtane family. We at this time extend our sympathies to his wife, children and family as we gather them in our thoughts and prayers. May his soul rest in peace,” Holomisa concluded.

Minister of Transport, Fikile Mbalula, also expressed his shock at Filtane’s passing. “He was indeed a gentleman and passionate politician. He was very articulate and unrepentant in his belief for social justice. Condolences to his family and the UDM,” Mbalula said.

Filtane’s death follows only two days after Nelson Mandela Bay councillor and former mayor, the UDM’s Mongameli Bobani, was laid to rest. Bobani succumbed to COVID-19 on November 11 after three weeks on a ventilator in hospital. His funeral was held at the Feather Market Hall in Nelson Mandela Bay on November 20.

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