Mourners bid farewell to Zola Skweyiya

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Minister in the Presidency Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma says Dr Zola Skweyiya‘s death is a great loss to the country.

The former cabinet minister and African National Congress (ANC) stalwart died last week at a Pretoria hospital aged 75.

A private viewing happened at Skweyiya’s home in MooiKloof, Pretoria East, ahead of his funeral on Saturday.

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Gauteng Premiere David Makhura  joined mourners at the Skweyiya home.

“Our nation on Saturday bid farewell to Dr. Zola Skweyiya who was an outstanding freedom fighter but also one of the key architects of our constitutional democracy. So we certainly will always remember his contribution.”

Advocate Vusi Madonsela has described the late Skweyiya as a humble, compassionate and generous individual.

“Dr Skweyiya was a very humble man who had his heart in the right place. He epitomised the social conscience of government and he cared for the poor very deeply. He is one minister who spent less time in the office and went out into the field to meet with people and look at the conditions under which they lived and more often than not he reached out into his own pocket to help those that the system couldn’t assist at that time. Those who could be included he made sure that they were to provide for them.”

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