Sefularo's car 'nearly ripped apart'
Fanie van Rooyen and Antoinette Pienaar, Beeld
Pretoria – Deputy Health Minister Dr Molefi Sefularo, 52, was driving alone in his black Lexus when he died in a horrific accident on the N4 highway west of Pretoria on Monday afternoon.
Sefularo was heading east on the highway at about 13:10 when he apparently collided at high speed with a pillar of the Acridian Street bridge and died on impact.
An official of a tow-truck service that was quickly on the scene, said Sefularo must have been driving "very fast" as the car had been ripped "nearly in two" and Sefularo's body was "in pieces".
The official, who wanted to remain anonymous, said it looked as if the left front of Sefularo's car had hit one of the bridge's middle pillars before the car tore apart and spun round.
He said there were brake marks about 500m before the bridge, which according to him also indicated at what speed Sefularo was driving.
Two sources told Beeld there were bottles of liquor in the car.
Tshwane metro police blocked off the N4 highway on both sides of the accident scene.
'Huge loss' for SA
President Jacob Zuma on Monday said Sefularo's death was a huge loss for the country.
"We are devastated by the news," said Zuma.
"He was a devoted, energetic and highly efficient servant of the public, who did excellent service as an ANC member, MEC and deputy minister of health."
Zuma said Sefularo had one of the sharpest medical brains in the country and that he would convey his condolences to his family.
Dr Norman Mabasa of the South African Medical Association said he had known Sefularo for 28 years.
"It was a terrible shock. The country has lost a brilliant, soft-spoken leader."
Mabasa said Sefularo was known as an accessible, responsible leader with a balanced approach.
Sefularo was appointed deputy minister of health under Barbara Hogan, then minister of health, on September 25 2008.
Dr Aaron Motsoaledi took over from Hogan in May last year with Sefularo by his side.
With his experience as a medical doctor, Sefularo played a key role in the department.
He leaves his wife, Kgomotso, three daughters and a son.