Government saddened by death of former Deputy Minister of Defence

6 January 2021

Government is deeply saddened by the passing of former Deputy Minister of Defence, Mluleki Editor George and conveys its heartfelt condolences to his family, friends and the nation. Mr George passed on yesterday, 5 January 2020. He served the country as the Deputy Defence Minister with distinction from 29 April 2004 until 25 September 2008. He was a member of parliament in the National Assembly from 1994 until September 2008.

He matriculated at Nathaniel Nyaluza High School in Grahamstown. He held a Bachelor of Arts Degree and a Bachelor of Commerce.

Minister in the Presidency, Jackson Mthembu said: "We have lost another patriot, a person who served with humility and fought for the freedom of our people. He was a political activist at heart but also a great leader. His passion for the betterment of South Africa was seen in his actions. His passing surely leaves us poorer as a nation."

The former deputy Minister also played an instrumental role in the sporting fraternity, and in particular in the unification of sport in the country in the early 1990s. He served as the President of the National Sports Council and he was the vice President of the South African Rugby Football Union from 1993-1998. He was also a member of the International Rugby Board from 1994-1997.

The unfortunate passing of Mr. George is not only a great loss to his family, friends and colleagues but the entire society. He will be sorely missed for his contribution in bettering the lives of South Africans.

Enquiries:
Phumla Williams
Cell: 083 5010 139
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Year: 
2021
Media Statement date: 
Wednesday, January 6, 2021