SACP conveys its message of sincere condolences to the family of Minister Edna Molewa
22 September 2018
The South African Communist Party conveys its sincere condolences to the family of Comrade Edna Molewa, the Minister of Environmental Affairs, for the deeply saddening loss that the family has encountered. Minister Molewa (61) passed away on Saturday, 22 September 2018 in the City of Tshwane after a short illness, according to the Presidency. The SACP further expresses its message of solidarity with the African National Congress for the loss. Comrade Enda was a seasoned member of the ANC National Executive Committee.
Minister Molewa was one of the hard working ministers in South Africa`s democratic dispensation. Her efforts contributed in great measure to the success of the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP17) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). COP17 was held in South Africa between 28 November and 9 December 2011. She was highly dedicated and outstandingly represented South Africa and the whole of humanity in the UNFCCC.
In memory of the stalwart of our liberation struggle, the SACP urges South Africans across all walks of life to unite, take forward and intensify the effort to save both humanity and nature from the impending extinction by environmental degradation and ecological destruction. The profit-driven private wealth accumulation system of capitalist production is the single biggest social driver of the problem.
We must address both the symptoms of climate change and its root causes and therefore act radically to solve the problem on a sustainable basis. A progressive women`s movement has a key role to play and needs to be strengthened to wage this and the broader struggle for social emancipation and gender equality. A decisive focus is required in this struggle on working class and poor women with the radical aim of ending economic exploitation.
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