Shiceka’s family shocked by his death

2012-04-30 11:35

Former co-operative governance and traditional affairs minister Sicelo Shiceka’s family have said they were shocked by his death.

“It’s quite sad for the family?... we are shocked with the untimely death of our brother,” family spokesperson Justice Zotwa said.

Shiceka died at the St Mary’s private hospital in Mthatha, in the Eastern Cape, this morning following a long illness.

The ANC said it was saddened by the news of his death.

“His passing on has robbed us of one of our comrades who had worked tirelessly for the liberation of our people,” spokesperson Jackson Mthembu said in a statement.

“He has made his lasting contribution by not only fighting for liberation, but also through his contribution in government.”

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

She found Shiceka had racked up more than R1 million in travel costs for himself, his staff and friends, in violation of the executive ethics code.

The expenses included a trip to Switzerland to see a girlfriend jailed on drug-related charges. At the time, Shiceka denied any wrongdoing and vowed to contest Madonsela’s findings in court.

He continued serving the ANC as an MP, but had been on sick leave since February 2011.

Shiceka (45), was appointed as co-operative governance and traditional affairs minister in Zuma’s Cabinet on May 11 2009.

He also served as provincial and local government minister in then president, now Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe’s Cabinet from September 25 2008, to May 10 2009.

“The ANC would like to convey to the family and friends our condolences. We want to assure them that their loss is our loss,” said Mthembu.

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