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Shiceka's family remembers a generous man

Sicelo Shiceka’s widow described him as a kind and generous man, in a letter read by their son.

Members of the Shiceka family during his funeral service on 12 May 2012. Sicelo Shiceka died from a long illness in April. Picture: Phakamile Hlubi/EWN
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JOHANNESBURG - The widow of the former Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Sicelo Shiceka, described her late husband as a kind and generous man who was always willing to help those in need.

Shiceka’s son Mbuyi Dlamini read a heart-wrenching letter written by Shiceka's wife Cleopatra, during the funeral service on Saturday.

Shiceka died at an Eastern Cape hospital in April, after a long illness.

Shiceka's daughter Bonolo, also gave a tribute during the service held at the Standard Bank Arena. 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’”.

Meanwhile, his son Lungisa said his father's sudden death was still a shock.

“I’m having a hard time accepting it. I’m taking it a day at a time… eventually I’ll get there.”

Politicians also 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 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. 

The former minister was laid to rest at the West Park Cemetery in Johannesburg.

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