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Premier Saul pays tribute to late ANC caucus manager

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Northern Cape premier praised the late John Galela for playing an integral role in transforming the education sector

Nkosamandaba John Galela. Picture: Supplied

NORTHERN Cape Premier Dr Zamani Saul paid tribute to former member of the Northern Cape Provincial Legislature, Bishop Nkosamandaba John Galela at his funeral that took place in the Eastern Cape on Saturday.

Saul said that Galela was an activist who played an integral role in transforming the education sector.

“He served as the former organiser of the National Education Coordinating Committee (NECC). As NECC organiser he reached out to the deepest rural towns and schools in the Province to organise teachers and learners during the apartheid era,” said Saul.

“With his support we established an interim democratically elected student representative council, Cosas structure and a PTSA at Umsobomvu High School.”

Saul fondly remembered Galela for being “very vocal on matters” and for always robustly engaging on issues.

“In later years I worked very closely with him when he served as a provincial executive committee member, member of the provincial legislature and the manager of the ANC caucus. He firmly believed in lifelong education, where he graduated with his second degree about three years ago. At the time of his death he was pursuing his postgraduate studies at the age of 64 years.

“He was honest in his engagement in politics and was a hard worker. He respected everyone, old and young. He moulded the political outlook of many of us,” said Saul.