Lorraine Botha, the Chief Whip of the Democratic Alliance (DA) caucus in the Western Cape Provincial Parliament passed away on Wednesday 31 August.
The Western Cape government confirmed Botha’s passing in a statement by Premier Alan Winde, who said he was deeply saddened by the “sudden and tragic loss of our dear friend, colleague and Chief Whip”
“Lorraine will live in our memory forever as a kind and loving colleague who was admired equally by our own caucus as well as members of other political parties,” said Winde.
As reported by IOL, Lorraine passed away from a heart attack after collapsing in her office while at work at the Western Cape Legislature in Cape Town. In another statement, the province’s provincial leader, Tertius Simmers, said the DA was deeply saddened by her passing.
“We extend our deepest condolences to the children they leave behind and to their family, friends, and colleagues. We wish them all the strength they need during this difficult time. May her soul rest in peace,” he concluded.
Johan Botha, Lorraine’s husband, passed away in January last year. Winde says both were integral on the grounds for many years, working hard to grow the party and deliver its message as part of the Weskus DA team.
Lorraine was elected to the provincial parliament in 2014 where she served as Chairperson of the Standing committees on the Premier and Constitutional Matters, Education, and Social development. She eventually ascended to the role of Chief Whip.
“Her contribution to the DA, and to South Africa and its people, will always be valued and remembered,” said Winde.
Picture: Lorraine Botha / Facebook