Dr Zola Skweyiya to get special state funeral

Described as a “courageous fighter” against Apartheid, the man’s funeral service will take place in Tshwane.

Former minister of social development Zola Skweyiya will receive a special official funeral, the government has said.

President Cyril Ramaphosa has declared a special official funeral category 1 for Skweyiya, according tominister in the Presidency Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.

“It is profoundly sad that in a short space of time of losing mama Winnie [Madikizela-Mandela], the country has lost another outstanding revolutionary,” Dlamini-Zuma said on Sunday.

Skweyiya died on 11 April 2018. He was 75 years old and will be buried on 21 April 2018.

Dr Zola Skweyiya to get special state funeral

Dr Zola Skweyiya.
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“Dr Zola 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, the Constitution,” Dlamini-Zuma said.

His last deployment was that of South African ambassador to the UK and Ireland from 2009.

Skweyiya served as public service and administration minister from 1994 to 1999 and then as social development minister from 1999 to 2009, after which he became SA ambassador to the UK and Ireland.

He had a PHD in law which he obtained in Germany.

The funeral service will occur the coming Saturday at the CRC church on the corner of Lynnwood road and Solomon Mahlangu drive in Tshwane.

(edited by MLM)

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