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Ramaphosa: Coetzee was courageous

The deputy president addressed parliamentarian Michael Coetzee’s family and friends at his funeral.

The deputy president addressed parliamentarian Michael Coetzee’s family and friends at his funeral. Picture: Sapa

CAPE TOWN - Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa says late secretary to Parliament Michael Coetzee was a courageous supporter of democracy.

Family, friends and politicians attended Coetzee's funeral service in Cape Town on Saturday.

Coetzee passed away last week after a long battle with cancer.

He was appointed secretary of Parliament in 2012 but joined Parliament a decade earlier.

The deputy president says Coetzee was courageous and driven by deep commitment to the African National Congress (ANC).

"He was in civic organisations, he was in youth organisations and he also fought to put together the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu)."

Ramaphosa says Coetzee has left a legacy of what a great public servant should be; dedicated, sincere and committed to excellence.

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