Memo­rial ser­vice to hon­our Zola Sk­weyiya

Afro Voice (KwaZulu Natal) - - Politics - SI­FISO MAHLANGU sI­fi­som@tHE­nEwAGE.Co.zA

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.

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