Professor Stan Sangweni says ANC stalwart Zola Skweyiya would not be happy with the violent unrest caused by the lack of service delivery in the country.

Skweyiya died last week at a Pretoria hospital aged 75. He served as Public Service and Administration Minister between 1994 and 1999 and was Social Development Minister between 1999 and 2009.

Speaking at Skweyiya’s funeral at the CRC Church in Silver Lakes, east of Pretoria, Sangweni reflected on the recent protest action in Mahikeng in the North West, where residents torched and vandalised property demanding the resignation of Premier Supra Mahumapelo.

“As I was looking at the visuals on the TV of the ugly scenes in one of our provinces, the North West, telling us in very painful terms that service delivery has not impacted on us. The faces of the young children, the young boys with bulleting wounds on their faces from the guns of the police. That is not a sight that our comrade Zola would have liked to see after he had given us the flagship of service delivery, Batho Pele.”