Pretoria: The country’s president Cyril Ramaphosa visited the late struggle stalwart’s family on Thursday to pay tribute to the former minister.
Ramaphosa on Thursday announced that the late Doctor Zola Skweyiya will, like Winnie Madikizela Mandela receive state funeral.
Ramaphosa went on to say that it was not only because Skweyiya had in the past been a minister in two successive administrations, but also because of his stature in the movement, the struggle and the contribution he made in the liberation and development of our people.
“Boetie Zola Skweyiya, go well “ Ramaphosa said.
He was accompanied by Deputy President David Mabuza and ANC Secretary General Ace Magashule who visited the Skweyiya family on Thursday night and prayed and shared a meal with the diseased family.
The President continued by saying that “Doctor Skweyiya was always deeply moved by the poverty that our people found themselves in and , like Mama Winnie, cared so much to alleviate poverty”
Skweyiya’s brother, Themba Skweyiya, said the family was humbled and grateful that the ANC and government have come to share their pain.
The 75 year old Skweyiya passed away on Wednesday morning while in hospital after a short illness. He would turn 76 on weekend and the family was looking forward to his birthday.