ANC MP Zamuxolo Joseph Peter has died after a short illness with his passing attributed to COVID-19, the party confirmed on Saturday 1 August.
Peter was a member of parliament's portfolio committee on tourism and had served as the mayor of Makana Municipality between 2011 and 2015.
ANC MP Zamuxolo Peter dies of COVID-19
Having been elected as an MP during the 2019 General Elections, Peter was 55-years-old when he succumbed to the respiratory disease.
Peter has been lauded as a champion of the vision of equality in South Africa whos was driven by the ideals of nonracialism and a non-sexist and united South Africa.
As a former community leader and ward councillor, Peter was determined to root out corruption in government according to his colleagues.
"One could always count on Zamuxolo Peter for assistance when the assistance is required, and he would go the extra mile to ensure that the objectives of the committee were met.
"I remember when a particular radio station was looking for a Nguni speaking person for a radio show on tourism in traditional areas, Mr Peter being committed to the transformation of tourism in villages, townships and small towns, stepped in and did a fine job of promoting the work of the committee," the chair of the tourism portfolio committee, Supra Mahumapelo, said.
"One of his ideals was to ensure that we have corrupt-free governance in SA, and that we, as members of parliament, exercise our oversight mandate and hold the government accountable for its delivery of services to the people," Mahumapelo added.
Born on 10 January 1965 in the small rural village of Riebeeck East, 42km North-West of Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape, Peter was forced to abandon his formal schooling when his father, a farm labourer, passed away.
Joining the ANC would afford Peter the opportunity to both fill in the gaps in his formal education, obtaining an accredited course from Border Technikon, and grow his leadership skills at the Beit Bele College in Israel.
As a community leader he championed projects that sought to uplift and improve the lives of the poor. These included the Masizame Women's Project.
Peter played an integral part in ensuring infrastructural improvements reached the poorest in the Makana Municipality overseeing the provision of sewerage reticulation and sanitation to Riebeeck East and also making sure the community was served by street lights.
The MP is said to have lived his life by the mantra: "I will not sleep until the life of the poor has changed." He is survived by his wife and three children.