The Gauteng Provincial Legislature sadly mourns the untimely passing of former member of the Legislature, Hon. Joyce Pekane. Affectionally known as uMaJoy-Joy, with a high pitched distinct coarse voice, she succumbed to complications caused by the Corona Virus.

Pekane’s political career started at a young age when she was a student at Fumana high school in Katlehong as a member of the Student Representative Council (SRC). She was part of the activists who fought the Apartheid’s Bantu Education system in the area.

She later built on her activism career to become one of the trade unionists to make history among the working class in fighting racial discrimination in the workplace during her public health professional life as an Immuno-Haemothology Technician and as lab technician in the private sector. She held numerous leadership roles in different organised workers’ unions, including that of a second Deputy President of COSATU and as the second Vice-President of the Organisation of African Trade Union Unity (OATTUU), which was a continental confederation of African Trade Unions

In 2004, Pekane was elected as an MPL in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature. She served as a member of the Legislature until the 5th administration (2004- 2019). During the 5th administration, she was the Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Sports, Recreation, Arts and Culture (SRAC). One of her passions was on youth development and transformation in the sector.

The Speaker of the Gauteng Legislature wishes to convey heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Mme Joyce Pekane. May she rest in eternal peace.

The Gauteng Legislature encourages all citizens to adhere to the safety and precautionary measures against the pandemic. With Gauteng being the epicentre of the pandemic, the rising numbers of citizens succumbing to COVID19 are alarming. It is therefore the responsibility of each and every citizen to stay safe, wash hands, sanitise and wear masks during necessary movement.


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