Ramaphosa pays respects to Edna Molewa’s family after minister’s death
The president says the ANC and country has lost a really talented and knowledgeable person in government.
Ramaphosa declared an immediate period of national mourning following Molewa’s passing at a hospital in Pretoria earlier on Saturday after falling ill while on a state visit to China.
She was 61 at the time of her sudden death.
ANC President Cde @CyrilRamaphosa arrives at the Molewa home to pay his respects to the family. President Ramaphosa has declared a period of mourning and ordered thar the National Flag be flown at halfmast countrywide and at South African diplomatic missions abroad. pic.twitter.com/tLKV47IPJH— African National Congress (@MYANC) September 22, 2018
Ramaphosa says the African National Congress (ANC) and the country has lost a really talented and knowledgeable person in government.
“We will forever remember Edna Molewa as one of those women who advocated women’s rights. She was also always trying to push the recognition of the role that women should play in our movement [and] in the country. And as far as the ANC is concerned, this is a very big loss.”
The president says he is saddened personally by Molewa’s sudden death.
“I’ve just sent my condolences to her mother, daughters, and family. It is a very sad moment, but we’ve also wished them strength.”
Our country is in mourning today; we have lost one of our most outstanding daughters, Edna Molewa... She was one of the most outstanding, brightest and hardest working Ministers... this is a great loss to the Congress movement... pic.twitter.com/R1ci3Zp9AI— President Cyril Ramaphosa (@CyrilRamaphosa) September 22, 2018
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The Economic Freedom Fighters has also added its voices to the growing number of tributes to the late minister following the announcement of her death.
The red berets have described Molewa as an inspiration for being the first woman to become premier of the North West province.
The party's Sixolise Gcilishe said: “We pay special condolences to the family, friends and the ANC. Molewa was a hard-working minister and a public servant with an impeccable struggle record. May her soul rest in perfect peace.”