Mr Speaker, hon Deputy President and hon members, this Parliament will be losing one of its best members, as the Deputy Minister, hon Motlanthe, is not coming back after the end of this term. The hon Deputy Minister has dedicated his life thus far ... [Interjections.] I'm sorry, thank you so much. Hon Deputy President Motlanthe has dedicated his life thus far to the best interests of the people of South Africa.
He became involved in the liberation struggle at a very young age. He is one of the youths that the apartheid government condemned to incarceration on Robben Island. When he came out of prison in 1987, he started where he left off, that is, fighting for the rights of the voiceless.
When he was appointed as the Deputy President of the Republic of South Africa by President Jacob Zuma, he carried out his duties with dignity, enthusiasm and vigour. He never at any stage embarrassed this beautiful country of ours.
He is a true gentleman, one whose word is as good as his bond. He is also one of the most amiable persons I've ever met. Those who know him and have nothing against him will agree with me that he is not that type of politician who is insatiable for power. He is easy to approach and takes people very seriously. I am saying this, hon Speaker, from my personal experience.
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... the UDM is short of words to express its gratitude for the dedication and commitment you have shown as Deputy President of this country. The UDM wishes you all the best in your future endeavours. I thank you, hon Speaker. [Applause.]