JOHANNESBURG - Former Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Sicelo Shiceka never embarrassed the African National Congress (ANC), said Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga.
Motshekga was speaking at Shiceka's funeral service on Saturday, which was held at the Standard Bank Arena in Johannesburg.
Shiceka died at an Eastern Cape hospital in April, after a long illness.
Motshekga described Shiceka as a political animal who was precisive and dedicated to the people.
Other politicians paid tribute to him, including the current Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Richard Baloyi.
Baloyi called on mourners to not judge Shiceka for his failures.
Shiceka's daughter Bonolo, also gave a tribute. She described her late father as an outspoken man who stayed true to his beliefs.
“He was the person I went to when I needed encouragement.” She said to lift her spirits, her father would say: “‘sweetness, don’t let those issues that will soon be irrelevant get you down’”.
Shiceka’s political career ended in controversy last year, when he was fired from his post after accusations that he abused public money to fund a lavish lifestyle.
He was laid to rest at the West Park Cemetery in Johannesburg.