Memorial service to honour Zola Skweyiya
THE government will tomorrow host a memorial service for the late former minister and high commissioner, Dr Zola Skweyiya, the Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) on state funerals has said.
On Sunday, minister in the Presidency for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation and also the chair of the IMC, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, said the memorial would be held tomorrow at a venue that was still to be confirmed.
Skweyiya passed away last Wednesday aged 75 after a period of hospitalisation. He passed away just three days shy of his 76th birthday on Saturday.
“Skweyiya, a courageous fighter who fought for social justice in South Africa, played a pivotal role in strengthening the foundational process and crafting the cornerstone of our democracy and the Constitution,” Dlamini Zuma said.
Skweyiya had served as minister of public service and administration from 1994 to 1999 under the late former president Nelson Mandela.
In 2009, Skweyiya was appointed high commissioner of South Africa.
On Friday, President Cyril Ramaphosa declared a special official funeral, category 1, for Skweyiya.
“The venue and time of the memorial service will be announced shortly. The funeral service will take place on Saturday at CRC Church, Corner Lynnwood Road and Solomon Mahlangu Drive, Pretoria.
“Our nation owes a great debt to the many selfless champions such as Skweyiya for their contribution in the struggle for a just and equitable society,” Dlamini Zuma said.
A special official funeral entails elements of military ceremonial honours and is declared in line with the presidency’s state, official and provincial official funeral policy, for persons of extraordinary credentials specifically designated by the president of the country.