CAPE TOWN, October 7 – National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete and National Council of Provinces Chairwoman Thandi Modise have offered their condolences to the family, friends, and the Democratic Alliance after the death of DA MP Tarnia Baker in a car crash in KwaZulu-Natal on Friday.
Parliament’s presiding officers had learnt with shock and deep sadness the news of Baker’s tragic death, the legislature said in a statement on Saturday.
“Mrs Baker was a dedicated MP who worked hard in service of the people of South Africa. She served in the portfolio committee on water and sanitation as well as the portfolio committee on human settlements with passion, energy, and wisdom.
“Mrs Baker’s untimely passing leaves a deep void within the structures of parliament and robs South Africa of one of its most dedicated public representatives. The presiding officers extend their condolences to Mrs Baker’s family, friends, and her political family in the DA. May her soul rest in eternal peace,” the statement said.
Earlier, DA leader Mmusi Maimane said it was “with deep sadness and a broken heart that I can confirm that our colleague Tarnia Baker MP was tragically killed in an accident in KwaZulu-Natal on [Friday] afternoon.”
“Tarnia was in KwaZulu-Natal attending to her oversight responsibilities as a member of the portfolio committee on water and sanitation in [the] Ugu district municipality.
“Tarnia was a committed MP, a wonderful and warm person, and a devoted mother and wife. I have been in contact with Tarnia’s husband and have conveyed the deep condolences of the entire DA family on their sad loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with them at this time.
“We will continue the hard work that Tarnia lived so passionately for, but her presence and contribution will be sorely missed. In the coming weeks the DA will honour her memory in parliament in the appropriate way. May her soul rest in eternal peace,” Maimane said.