DA MP Tarnia Baker was hit by a truck and killed during an oversight visit in the Ugu district in KZN.

The DA has expressed deep sadness at the death of MP Tarnia Baker in a car crash on Friday.

"It is with deep sadness and a broken heart that I can confirm that our colleague Tarnia Baker MP was tragically killed in an accident in KwaZulu-Natal on [Friday] afternoon," DA leader Mmusi Maimane said.

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"Tarnia was a committed MP, a wonderful and warm person, and a devoted mother and wife. I have been in contact with Tarnia’s husband and have conveyed the deep condolences of the entire DA family on their sad loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with them at this time.

"We will continue the hard work that Tarnia lived so passionately for, but her presence and contribution will be sorely missed. 

"In the coming weeks the DA will honour her memory in parliament in the appropriate way. May her soul rest in eternal peace," Maimane said.

Tarnia Baker with Helen Zille and DA leader Mmusi Maimane Photo: Facebook

DA provincial chairperson Haniff Hoosen said Baker was the party's representative on Parliament's water and sanitation committee, who were in the province at the request of the provincial leadership to conduct an oversight visit into the water crisis in the Ugu District Municipality.  

She had flown in from Cape Town on Thursday night, visited sites down the South Coast and in the late afternoon stopped in Park Rynie to visit DA activists.

She had parked her car and was crossing the road at a traffic intersection when the truck hit her, said Hoosen. He said it was believed the truck was speeding. 
African News Agency