INGQUZA Hill mayor in the Eastern Cape has died after a short illness.
Bambezakhe Goya died at Margate Hospital on Tuesday.
His death was announced by Council Speaker Ntandokazi Capa yesterday.
Capa said Goya was admitted to hospital on Sunday, 10 January.
“He served the Ingquza Hill council with dignity and honour since 2006 when he started as ward councillor.
In 2016, he was elected as engineering services boss. He has been serving as mayor since 2018,” she said.
She said they would remember his strength, sense of humour, authoritative voice and diplomatic approach in all circumstances.
“We have lost a hero, activist, father figure and a leader. To the family, we say you must be proud for you have lost a wise hero who lifted the banner throughout the country, making sacrifices for the multitudes of our country to be saved from the challenges of poverty, inequality and unemployment,” said Capa.
ANC provincial secretary Lukama Ngcukayitobi said: “Goya’s passing comes at a time when his guidance and role in turning the fortunes of Ingquza Hill Municipality is evident with the stability we have witnessed in that sphere of government.
“We extend our deepest and heartfelt condolences to the Goya family, relatives, friends, colleagues and residents of Ingquza Hill Municipality, which he served with diligence and care.”
Goya leaves behind his wife, children and grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements will be confirmed once a family meeting has taken place.