Joe Mpisi, a distinguished leader and Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Education, recently passed away, leaving a legacy of tireless dedication to education and social justice in South Africa. Despite his declining health, Mpisi fought to improve Gauteng’s education system and uplift the working class, earning the respect and admiration of his peers and the public.
Early Life and Activism
Born into a working-class family, Joe Mpisi became a student activist at age 16, joining the United Democratic Front (UDF), the Mass Democratic Movement (MDM), and the African National Congress (ANC) in their fight against apartheid. He later joined the ANC and the South African Communist Party (SACP), earning leadership positions in Gauteng Province as Provincial Chairperson.
Career in the Legislature
As an MPL, Mpisi was appointed to the Portfolio Committee on Education in 2014, later chairing the Portfolio Committee on Finance before returning to Education. He held the Department of Education accountable for providing quality education to Gauteng learners and was known for his integrity, courage, and unwavering commitment to social change.
Legacy and Inspiration
Joe Mpisi’s activism emerged during apartheid, driven by a desire to challenge discrimination and inequality. His legacy as a dedicated servant of the people continues to inspire, especially during these trying times. The Gauteng Legislature community extends condolences to his family, friends, and party members, and his life and work are a beacon of hope and testament to the power of steadfast dedication to social change.
Continuing the Fight
As we reflect on the life and legacy of Joe Mpisi, we are reminded of the importance of continuing the fight for social justice and equal opportunities for all South Africans. May his memory inspire us all to work towards a more just and equitable society. Details regarding a memorial service and funeral will be announced after consultations with the family.