Johannesburg: The South African National Civic Organization (SANCO) on Wednesday described ANC Stalwart, Former cabinet minister and South Africa’s Ambassador Zola Skweyiya as a fearless freedom fighter and a true patriot.
“He is one of the architects of our democracy who has made a significant contribution in developing policies for good governance and a responsive public service,” highlighted SANCO National Spokesperson, Jabu Mahlangu.
Mahlangu said that the Batho Pele and Anti-corruption policies were developed during his tenure as Minister of Public Service & Administration reflecting the new ethos and values that he envisioned should be embraced by those serving the public.
“He was a strategic as well as an independent thinker who spoke his mind, forthright and above all a disciplinarian that respected collectivism when his arguments were defeated,” he said.
He emphasized that Skweyiya hated poverty as well as corruption with passion and served the people of South Africa with dedication.
“Everyone knew where he stood on issues of national interest because he lived and gave his entire life to the struggle for liberation as well as the betterment of the lives of our people.His unshakable conviction and transformative legal mind served the course of freedom and established institutions that are a lasting legacy of the richness of his contribution,” Mahlangu stressed.
“It’s a rich legacy that all of us must emulate and follow in his colossal footsteps,” he added.
He spearheaded the recognition of faith-based organizations as partners for the delivery of social services in historically marginalized communities to fill the gap of the non-existent non-government organizations (NGO’s) sector, Mahlangu underscored.