Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga sent condolences to Eastern Cape Education MEC Mandla Makupula’s family on Monday.
Makhuphula died at an East London hospital in the early hours today after a long illness.
Motshekga said: “MEC Makupula was a dedicated and hard-working 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 education in that province.”
Eastern Cape government spokesperson Sizwe Kupelo said Makupula served the people of the Eastern Cape with integrity and ethical leadership.
“On behalf of the executive council and the entire provincial government‚ the premier (Phumulo Masualle) expresses his heartfelt condolences to friends‚ colleagues and family of the late MEC.”
Details of his funeral will be announced in due course.