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Update: MP dies in CT vehicle accident

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The member of Parliament who was earlier announced to have died in a car accident, has been identified as ANC member comrade Timothy “TZ’ Khoza. Khosa and three other MPs, who were seriously injured in the car accident, were travelling to Paarl in the Western Cape. The injured have been identified as Nomalungelo Gina of the ANC, Ian Ollis of the DA, and Cynthia Majeke of the UDM. Provincial education department spokesperson Jessica Shelver says the MPs were visiting schools in the province as part of their oversight role as the Portfolio Committee on Basic Education.

Western Cape traffic chief Kenny Africa provided details about the accident, which took place this morning.

“Early this morning, around about 07h45, we had a crash on where a taxi and a Hyundai mini-bus collided. In the Hyundai, one person got killed and the others were taken to the Medi-Clinic hospital in Paarl.”

A member of Parliament has died in a car accident enroute to Paarl this morning, Parliament confirmed in a statement released on Wednesday.

Parliament has just learned with shock and devastation that four Members of Parliament (MPs) in the National Assembly belonging to the Portfolio Committee on Basic Education have been involved in a tragic car accident near Paarl in Cape Town this morning,” the statement read.

The MP’s were visiting schools in the area when a member of the group was killed in the accident. While three more MP’s are said to be seriously injured.

“The MPs’ vehicle overturned while travelling to Paarl as part of oversight visits to various schools in the area. One of the MPs’ passed away at the scene. The three other MPs are seriously injured and are receiving emergency medical attention.”

The statement further noted that  more information would be released as soon as the family of the deceased MP was informed.

“More information regarding the accident and the names of those affected will also be communicated in due course.”

Meanwhile, Spokesperson for MEC of Education Minister Debbie Schafer, Jessica Shelver shared the ministers condolences to the family of the deceased.

“My thoughts and heartfelt condolences are with the family and friends of the deceased at this difficult time, and the other members who have been injured and part of the accident.”

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