The National Deputy Chairperson of Coastal Links South Africa, Samkelisiwe Mchunu, has passed away after a short illness. She was 27.

Affectionately known as Samke, she joined CLSA in 2010 and later became a member of the Kwazulu Natal CLSA Provincial Executive Committee (PEC). She was an active member of the organisation and always promoted the interests of small-scale fishers.

“This is very sad news for her family and for the organisation,” said Lindani Ngubane, Masifundise’s KZN Field Worker.

“Samke was a vital member of our organisation, she was young, dedicated and full of energy,” he said.

“We knew we could count on her to always bring a fresh perspective to discussions. We will miss her lively spirit,” he added.

Samke succumbed to a lung infection. She leaves behind two young children and her father. She was buried last Sunday, 26 July in Durban.

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