State funeral for Skweyiya

Zola Skweyiya. Photo: Provided

A memorial service for ANC stalwart Zola Skweyiya will be held in the east of Pretoria on Wednesday.

The former cabinet minister, diplomat and founder of the SA Social Security Agency (Sassa) would have a state funeral, the government said on Monday.

This was announced by the Minister in the Presidency for Planning Monitoring and Evaluation, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma.

She said in a statement the government would arrange the memorial and funeral service for Skweyiya.

He died on 11 April in a Pretoria hospital aged 75 – three days shy of his 76th birthday.

“It is profoundly sad that within a short space of time of losing mama Winnie, the country has lost another outstanding revolutionary,” said Dlamini-Zuma.

She described Skweyiya as a courageous fighter who fought for social justice.

Skweyiya created and implemented Sassa that was launched on 1 April 2006.

“He played a pivotal role, in strengthening the foundational process and crafting the cornerstone of our democracy, the Constitution.”

Skweyiya was public service and administration minister between 1994 and 1999, social development minister between 1999 and 2009 and SA high commissioner to the UK from 2009 and 2014, when he retired due to ill-health.

President Cyril Ramaphosa had declared a special official funeral, Category 1 for Skweyiya on 21 April at CRC Church, on the corner of Lynnwood Road and Solomon Mahlangu Drive, east of Pretoria

“The venue and time of the memorial service on 18 April will be announced shortly,” said government spokesperson Phumla Williams.

Skweyiya is survived by his wife Thuthukile and children.

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