UNREVISED HANSARD NATIONAL ASSEMBLY THURSDAY, 9 SEPTEMBER 2021 PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY The House met at 10:05. House Chairperson Mr M L D Ntombela took the Chair and requested members to observe a moment of silence for prayer or meditation. ANNOUNCEMENT The HOUSE CHAIRPERSON (Mr M L D Ntombela): Order! Hon members, in the interest of safety for all present in the Chamber, please keep your masks on and sit in your designated area. Thank you. The first motion on the Order Paper is a motion in the name of the Chief Whip of the Majority Party. Hon members, the families of the bereaved are stuck at the gate. Shall we take a short break until they are in the House, so that whatever we do, we do it in their names and in their presence. Thank you very much. We will take a short, short break. BUSINESS SUSPENDED AT 10:06 AND RESUMED AT 10:12. The HOUSE CHAIRPERSON (Mr M L D Ntombela): I think we can start. The families are here. Am I not audible? [Interjections.] Order, hon members. The family members are already here. I will request that ... The first motion on the Order Paper is a motion in the name of the Chief Whip of the Majority Party. I now recognise the hon Chief Whip of the Majority Party in the Chamber. MOTION OF CONDOLENCE (The late Ms T M A Tongwane) The CHIEF WHIP OF THE MAJORITY PARTY: House Chair and hon members in physical attendance and on the virtual platform, and family members present of our five colleagues who passed on during this year, I move without notice on behalf of the ANC: That the House— (1) notes with great shock and sadness the passing of ANC Member of Parliament, Tshoganetso Mpho Adolphina Tongwane, who passed away on Wednesday, 19 May 2021; (2) remembers that she joined Parliament in 2008 in the National Assembly and served on the Portfolio Committee on Human Settlements as well as the Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs; (3) further remembers that in the Sixth Parliament she served in the Portfolio Committee on Environment, Forestry and Fisheries; (4) recalls that she also served as an additional regional executive member of the Northern Cape ANC Women’s League; (5) further recalls that her political career dated back to 1980 when she was a member of the United Democratic Front and later joined the ANC; (6) believes that Parliament has lost a dedicated and loyal member ... IsiXhosa: ... obesebenzela isizwe ngokuzinikela engajonganga nzuzo; English: (7) acknowledges that through her experience, knowledge and understanding of legislative and oversight matters, she made an immense contribution to the quality of laws and other work of the committees she participated in; and (8) extends its sincerest condolences to the family and friends of the late hon Comrade Mpho Tongwane. IsiXhosa: Kusapho lwakhe sithi, ngxe. Lalani ngenxeba, akuhlanga lungehliyo. Ndiyabulela. Mr D W BRYANT: The DA extends its sincere and heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Ms Tshoganetso Mpho Adolphina Tongwane. Ms Tongwane was an experienced and much-loved Member of Parliament who contributed greatly towards our shared goal of building a united, democratic South Africa. As a member of the Portfolio Committee on Environment, Forestry and Fisheries, Ms Tongwane made many significant contributions and was an important member of both her caucus and of the committee in general. She also served with distinction on the committees on Human Settlements and Home Affairs. Ms Tongwane had a long and distinguished political career, beginning as an activist for the United Democratic Front in the turbulent 1980s, before later joining the ANC. Her hard work and dedication culminated in her election as a member of the National Assembly, where she served from 2008 until her passing earlier this year. Although I was not privileged to know Ms Tongwane better, I have noted the sentiments of colleagues in our committee who have spoken of her as a warm, gentle and kind person with a wealth of knowledge and experience. She undoubtedly had a significant and positive impact on the lives of those who knew her and she will be sorely missed. During these difficult and uncertain times, I would like to offer some solace in the words of the poet, Leo Marks who said: The life that I have Is all that I have And the life that I have Is yours. The love that I have Of the life that I have Is yours and yours and yours. A sleep I shall have A rest I shall have Yet death will be but a pause For the peace o

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