COPE MESSAGE OF CONDOLENCES ON THE PASSING AWAY OF THE LATE FORMER MINISTER ZOLA SKWEYIYA

  • April 11, 2018 | Glacier Nkhwashu


COPE MESSAGE OF CONDOLENCES ON THE PASSING AWAY OF THE LATE FORMER MINISTER ZOLA SKWEYIYA 

 


We have received the sad news of the passing away of former Minister Zola Skweyiya with a deep sense of loss and a heavy heart.
Gradually the veterans of our just struggle for a constitutional democracy are departing at a time when their wisdom is uniquely needed to guide the nation through these turbulent times in the development of our democracy. 


Mr. Zola Skweyiya was one of the few leaders of our people who sacrificed the comfort of home, family and friends to travel to foreign lands to seek assistance in the just fight for a better South Africa that belongs to all its people. As a young activist in the Congress Movement of the 1950's and 60's he laid the foundation and inspired future generations of young people who followed in their footsteps to pursue the struggle for a non-racial and non-sexist democratic nation. 
Upon his return he continued to make available his acquired skills and expertise to serve the nation. His role and contribution to craft the new constitution for a better South Africa will forever be profoundly appreciated. As the first-ever Minister for Public Service and Administration under the Presidency of Nelson Mandela, he ably and successfully championed the amalgamation of the previously racially defined public service and administration into one single administration for all South Africans.  


We shall always remember his passion and commitment to the principles of "Batho - Pele" as he sought to entrench a culture of service to the people. He was uncompromising about the need for a fundamental transformation of the public service to be an instrument of change to improve the lives of all the people. He knew very well that the majority of the people depended on the democratic state to extricate them from poverty, unemployment and inequality.


Sadly, towards the end of last year he publicly bemoaned, rightly so, the state of public service and administration in our country. Today our public services have deteriorated and have been compromised by a careless political leadership motivated by personal self interest, greed and a pervasive culture of corruption. It is no longer a citizen's instrument to service all the people and to ensure genuine freedom and justice but is manipulated to serve narrow partisan politics. 


COPE pays special tribute to this distinguished and towering leader of our nation. In this regard we shall not compromise and be unwavering to his vision and that of our other forebears of the democratic struggle for freedon and justice. The best and fitting way to honour the legacy of Mr. Zola Skweyiya will be to return the entire public service to the principles of professionalism as enshrined in Chapter 10 of our constitution.
Our thoughts and prayers are with his widow, the Ambassador Thuthukile Skweyiya and children.


MAY HIS SOUL REST IN PEACE!


Issued by: Congress of the People (COPE)
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