South Africa: Free State Legislature Speaker, Hon. Zanele Sifuba, convened a special roll call sitting in an hour of the late MPL and MEC for Education, Tate Makgoe. All political parties as they paid tribute to the fallen giant were united by one view that indeed, ‘the Free State province is poorer without MEC Makgoe., the colossus of a figure revered across the length and breadth of our country.
The Free State prides itself on being a reflection of educational excellence because of MEC Makgoe’s innovative thinking, foresight, hard work and dedication that found expression nationwide. “Tate is a hero, a dedicated and learned servant of the people. Even in opposing views, he was graceful and respectul,” said Hon. Nanyane.
The late Tate makgoe was the longest serving member of the Free State Legislature with vast experience. Many speakers remembered MEC Makgoe as the epitome of discipline and fairness and were likened to an army General because of his distinguished respect for the decorum of the House. He is also remembered for his warmth, his smile and his humorous character.
“Today marks a very sombre and painful moment for the loving people of the Free State and South Africa. We pay tribute to a friend, comrade and colleague. He distinguished himself in various capacities in this august House. In your memory, our government will forever prioritize the education of our youth. You have run your race” said Free State Premier, Dukwana Mxolisi.
“Tate’s passing caught us off guard. Makgoe was a complete man, an unusual man, distinguished by honour. Tate was a great man who would be great anywhere in the world. He possessed superior intellect and grace. His spirit will never die. Thank you for enriching our lives,” said Hon. Polediso Motsoeneng. The legislature sitting was followed by a visit to the home of the late MEC Makgoe.