Motlanthe praises health deputy

2010-04-10 11:47

Deputy Health Minister Dr. Molefi Sefularo, who died in a car crash

this week, was a humble civil servant, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe said

on Saturday.

“We have lost a humble and diligent civil servant to whom the words

and practice of ‘public service’ carried a significant meaning,” said Motlanthe

in a speech prepared for delivery at Sefularo’s funeral service at the MEDUNSA

Sports Complex.

Sefularo, 52, who died in a car crash on the N4 freeway in Pretoria

West on Monday, was described as a “leader in his own right”.

Motlanthe said: “I am sure those who worked with him in the 2010

Fifa World Cup medical and health services task team will bear testimony to


Motlanthe also commended Sefularo for recently visiting South

African medical students studying in Cuba, after discovering that the students

took long to register with the relevant South African medical authorities when

they returned to practice medicine.

Humility and dedication

Motlanthe said Sefularo could have easily worked in the private

sector: “Given his experience and qualifications he could have been in the apex

of a major international corporation. Yet he remained in the public service

because of his humility and dedication.”

Motlanthe described Sefularo’s partnership with Health Minister

Aaron Motsoaledi as a “great team”. The deputy president also referred to the

fact that Sefularo had died in the same month as anti-apartheid activists

Solomon Mahlangu, Oliver Tambo and Chris Hani.

“It would seem the month of April is not kind to our heroes and

heroines... Sefularo joins their ranks as a patriot who dedicated his life to

public service.”

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