It is with profound sadness that the Minister of Basic Education, Mrs Angie Motshekga has been informed of the untimely death of Eastern Cape Education MEC, Mr Mandla Makupula.
The news was relayed by the Eastern Cape Premier’s office who confirmed that the MEC passed away this morning (Monday) after a long illness. His death sadly comes a day before his 57th birthday.
Minister Motshekga sends her deepest condolences to the Makupula family during this difficult time, but also to the entire Eastern Cape Education fraternity who have lost a respected leader.
“MEC Makupula was a dedicated and hardworking public representative who was committed to turning the education system around in the Eastern Cape, it is incredibly sad that he will not live to see the fruits of the hard work he has put in, however his legacy will live on through the education initiatives he put in place to improve the quality and efficiency of eduction in that province.” Said Minister Motshekga.
MEC Makupula was the longest serving education MEC in the Eastern Cape and the sector was starting to see progress being made under his leadership. In the 2017 National Senior Certificate examinations, the Eastern Cape was the only province that registered an increase in the results, under his capable leadership. His passion for education will be sorely missed.
The Minister will visit the Makupula family in East London tomorrow.
Details regarding the funeral arrangements for the late MEC Mandla Makupula will be communicated by the Eastern Cape Premier’s Office.
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