delivered on behalf of the UDM by Ms Majeke, MP in the National Assembly

Honourable Speaker
Honourable Members

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) expresses its sadness with the passing away of Dr Oriani-Ambrosini. We would like to pass our deepest condolences to his family, the leader of IFP, Prince Bhuthelezi, MP, his friends and comrades.

Leaders are born, live and die. Dr Oriani-Ambrosini was one of those extraordinary leaders that had passion, gave constructive criticism and had vision. He was a diligent, eloquent and focused person to the point where his articulations in this house were not based on personalities and political allegiances, but premised on practical matters such as the socio-economic conditions confronting in particular the poor people of South Africa. His stood for a just society and presented his ideas without fear.

He may have passed away, but his contribution ever since he became a member of parliament in 2009 will never be forgotten.

We as UDM and the people of this country we will miss that bold fast persuasive voice; a voice that, when he spoke, no one would talk. This country has lost a leader indeed. Our souls are deeply sad by his sudden death.

To his family, we want to tell you that you are not alone in these sad moments. The UDM cries with you and we know that the people of this country are crying too.

No one can take over the pain you feel, but our Creator because He is the one that gives and takes. It is our responsibility to take the leads where Dr Oriani-Ambrosini left them and carry on.

Mrs Ambrosini, Carin and Luke, please know that we are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. May the peace of almighty gracious God be with you; this will also pass.

To the leader of the party, Honourable Shenge, please find space in your heart to be strong and let him to rest. Akuhlanga lungehlanga.

To the national assembly, the IFP and his constituency at large, you have lost; we have lost; and the country has lost.

May his soul rest in eternal peace.

Thank you