MEC’s death mourned

2015-09-02 06:00
THE late MEC for Education and chairperson of the ANC Women’s League, Grizelda Cjiekella-Lecholo, her husband, Olebogeng, and sister Claudia Cjiekella during happier times. The minister of Basic Eduction, Angie Motshega (insert), described the late G

THE late MEC for Education and chairperson of the ANC Women’s League, Grizelda Cjiekella-Lecholo, her husband, Olebogeng, and sister Claudia Cjiekella during happier times. The minister of Basic Eduction, Angie Motshega (insert), described the late G

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“I KNEW that I was coming to Kimberley on Friday(04/09) for a campaign with Grizelda, but I did not know that I would be attending Grizelda’s funeral.”

Those were the words of the minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshega, who said that she had been very close to the late MEC for Education and chairperson of the ANC Women’s League (ANCWL), Grizelda Cjiekella-Lecholo, who passed away during the early hours of Friday (28/08).

Cjiekella-Lecholo, nicknamed “Zaza or Barbie girl” died in hospital in Kimberley.

She will be given an official funeral in Kimberley on Saturday (05/09).

Motshega paid her respects to the bereaved Cjiekella and Lecholo families in Kimberley on Monday (31/08) together with the minister of Environmental Affairs, Edna Molewa, Northern Cape deputy chairperson of the ANC Women’s League, Mirriam Kibi, ANC National Executive Committee (NEC) member, Agnes Ntlangula, and Sisisi Tolashe, ANCWL national secretary.

“I do not need to represent anyone during a time like this. If this was an official visit I would have come on Friday for the funeral only,” she told the media.

She also refused to comment on plans of new appointments in the Department of Education. “We are here to mourn with the family; this is a funeral. We are not here to entertain that,” she said.

According to Motshega, the visit was just a sisterly one that she felt the family deserved, given the special relationship she had with Cjiekella-Lecholo as an MEC and a fellow comrade.

Motshekga said she had heard the sad news of Cjiekella-Lecholo’s death while she was busy preparing to attend a campaign with her in the province this coming weekend.

The minister continued to describe Cjiekella-Lecholo as the brightest MEC of them all, as there were always sparks in her work in the province.

“I worked very well with her and we had a good relationship, that is why I did not bother a lot about checking up on the Northern Cape. I trusted her to do things right. With her leadership, the province was able to carry itself.”

According to the minister, other provinces have learned best practices from the Northern Cape, like its model of food nutrition, text book allocation and using biometrics.

) A memorial service will be held by the ANCWL in Upington at the Robert Gunda Stadium and at her home in Kimberley on Wednesday (02/09). The provincial memorial service will be held on Thursday (03/09) at the Mitah Seperepere Convention Centre.

The official funeral service will also be held at the Mitah Seperepere Convention Centre in Kimberley

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