De Lille husband

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‘I will miss him dearly’: De Lille’s husband passes away after long illness

Edwin de Lille – husband of Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure Patricia de Lille – passed away late on Sunday night.

De Lille husband

Image via: @PatriciaDeLille / Twitter

The family of Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure Patricia de Lille released a statement regarding the death of a loved one. According to the brief statement, De Lille’s husband Edwin passed away on Sunday night 7 February 2021 after battling a long illness. 

The pair were married for 49 years and had one child, Alistair de Lille. 


De Lille paid tribute to her husband as a loving father and husband who supported her throughout her political career giving her the freedom to fully pursue her work in

serving the country.

Describing their lifelong partnership she said: “Our marriage was built on respect. Eddie was a true partner in the sense of the word and never stopped me from following my convictions. There was respect and support until his final days and I will miss him dearly”.


EFF leader Julius Malema responded to the sad news on De Lille’s Twitter timeline saying; “Our condolences Minister”. 

Mbuyiseni Ndlozi also responded saying; “Sincere condolences Auntie Pat… May his soul rest in perfect peace”.  

Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Lindiwe Sisulu said the hardest time comes when we have to lose a loved one.

“My sincerest condolences, Minister. We are living in difficult times and the hardest of times come when losing our loved ones. I wish you and the rest of the family strength, comfort and peace.”

De Lille is the founder of GOOD – a South African political party that was formed in December 2018.

“We stand up for a country that has zero tolerance for racism, gender discrimination, corruption and poverty. GOOD is not afraid to tackle these issues honestly, and head on. The GOOD party is led by GOOD people, fighting to create a GOOD life for every GOOD South African.”