MPs pay tribute to Shiceka

2012-05-02 18:25
Cape Town - Members of Parliament paid tribute to former Cabinet minister Sicelo Shiceka, who died at the age of 45 on Monday.

ANC chief whip Mathole Motshekga passed a motion that the House "notes with great sadness" the death of Shiceka.

"Mr Shiceka epitomised the ANC policy of service to all and thus everybody who had the privilege of working closely with him remembers him as a people’s person," Motshekga said.

Shiceka showed deep compassion, commitment and courage "in true selfless service" to his people.

DA MP Marti Wenger said Shiceka's absence would be "greatly felt".


"His passion and energy in the manner he executed his duties can never be taken away. His heart and soul were in the movement. He was unstoppable when he set his mind to achieve a certain goal."

Congress of the People MP Julie Killian said Shiceka would be remembered for his smile, behind which was a "strong-willed personality".

Inkatha Freedom Party MP Koos van der Merwe said Shiceka would be remembered for his outstanding achievements and talents.

"Our colleague's death came as a shock, but also carried a message to all of us today. That message is 'am I ready to go if I fall today?'," Van der Merwe said.

Implicated in wrongdoing

Shiceka died in the Eastern Cape on Monday morning.

President Jacob Zuma sacked Shiceka as minister in October last year after he was implicated in wrongdoing by Public Protector Thuli Madonsela.

Madonsela found Shiceka had racked up more than R1m in travel costs for himself, his staff and friends, in violation of the executive ethics code.

This included a trip to Switzerland to see a girlfriend jailed on drug-related charges.

Shiceka denied any wrongdoing and had vowed to go to court to contest Madonsela's findings. He had been on sick leave since February 2011.

Shiceka, 45, was appointed co-operative governance and traditional affairs minister in Zuma's Cabinet in May 2009.
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