Johannesburg; Former minister and diplomat Zola Skweyiya has been laid to rest in Pretoria over the weekend, where he was described by mourners as humble civil servant and father of “Batho Pele” principles.
President Cyril Ramaphosa acknowledged that the governing party failed Skweyiya, he also apologized to the ANC Veterans family during the funeral service.
Skweyiya was described as instrumental in guiding the ANC when the country transitioned to democracy in the 1990s.
Ramapphosa paid tribute to Skweyiya, saying he was a nobleman.
He continued “ Integrity was the defining and determining force as well guiding light of his entire existence,” Ramaphosa said.
Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma remembered Skweyiya as a man who never compromised his principles
Skweyiya is credited with “Batho Pele” principles and the person who transform and restore the Department of Public Services and Administration.
Dlamini Zuma said she was mentored by him in her first government post “ I had to rely on Zola a lot because I knew nothing about government post”.
He guided us without reservation and he said he did it without making us feel stupid or inadequate, said Dlamini – Zuma.
Skweyiya was described as the man who cared deeply about the poor and also championed the rights of the oppressed as he was a human right lawyer.
He survived by his wife, children, and grandchildren and was buried in Pretoria Cemetery on Saturday.