Shiceka died after long illness - ANC

2012-04-30 11:55

Cape Town - Former co-operative governance and traditional affairs minister Sicelo Shiceka died in the Eastern Cape on Monday morning, the ANC said.

"Yes, he passed on this [Monday] morning in hospital following a long illness," spokesperson Keith Khoza said.

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.

Government history

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

Prior to that, he was provincial and local government minister in former president, now Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe's Cabinet from September 25 2008 to May 10 2009.

Before that he served as a member of Parliament in both the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces.

He was also a member of the ANC's national executive committee, having been elected in 2007.

Shiceka held a diploma in economics from Wharton Business School in Pennsylvania, United States, and a diploma in labour relations from the University of the Witwatersrand.

Union member

Before being appointed to Cabinet, he was a member of various parliamentary committees, including those on the public service, land and environmental affairs, security and constitutional affairs, defence, and ethics and members interest.

Before the advent of democracy in 1994, Shiceka was involved in various anti-apartheid structures.

Among other things, he was branch chairperson of the Congress of South African Students in Soweto in 1980, and a member of the Gauteng leadership structure of the Azanian Students Organisation in 1987.

He was also involved in the labour union movement, becoming an organiser for the Paper, Printing, Wood, and Allied Workers Union in 1989, and its provincial secretary in 1990.

Shiceka was also a member of the SA Communist Party, serving as a member of the party's provincial working committee in 1993.

He became deputy chairperson of the ANC's Kyalami region in 1993, and a member of the ANC's Gauteng provincial executive committee in 1996.

He served as Gauteng development planning and local government MEC from 1994 to 1999.

Shiceka was born on 8 June 1966.

  • Rose - 2012-04-30 11:59


      Gestoffle - 2012-04-30 12:24

      "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." Damn right sister, we will remember him, normally a famous thief is called notorious..... Question....what is TH ? Thieving Horse ? (or is it Hamster, or Hyrax?)

      Kobus - 2012-04-30 12:35

      Do we get a holiday for the funeral seeing that we cannot get the money back?

      frederik - 2012-04-30 12:36

      I wonder what illness killed him? slow puncture??

      frederik - 2012-04-30 12:39

      proof that Zuma is a liar!!!!! Showers cant prevent aids.... this Bloke found out the hard way.....shame

      spartanx93 - 2012-04-30 12:44

      a good politician, is a dead one!

      vuyisanijozana - 2012-04-30 12:48

      In African culture we don't hold grudges when a person has passed away.We don't talk badly either about that person instead we sympathise with family and friends.May his soul rest in peace.

      Gestoffle - 2012-04-30 12:54

      @vuyisanijozana - I think you confusing me with somebody that actually gives a eff. His family had spin-offs, believe YOU me.

      frederik - 2012-04-30 12:55

      vuyisanijozana, I do think we all prefer a European culture thank you.....

      Godfrey - 2012-04-30 13:04

      And who will look after the girlfriend in Swiss prison???

      Julie - 2012-04-30 13:06

      Depends on what history you are referring to........ "Die wiel draai stadig maar seker".

      Preshen - 2012-04-30 13:09

      he did a great job of spending our money

      nasheenar - 2012-04-30 13:10

      @vuyisanijozana all cultures are the same its not about race. However being dead doesnt mean all your wrong doings should be forgotten. Hitler killed millions should the world have sympathised with his family when he commited suicide. It is our right as tax payers to voice our opinoins

  • Koos - 2012-04-30 12:03

    He was all those things and now he's dead, shame.

      Chris - 2012-04-30 13:41

      slow puncture:-)

      Ian - 2012-04-30 14:12

      Now now boys, be nice. we all think it's Hotel India Victor, but it could be liver failure from all the Johnny Blue, or heart failure from all the fillet steaks........

  • Tshepo - 2012-04-30 12:05


      Frank - 2012-04-30 12:56

      He may rot but his thieving family should be targeted to recoup the money he stole! Sue his estate!!

  • Lefty - 2012-04-30 12:06

    Rest in Peace. We thank You for all your contributions.

      Yar - 2012-04-30 12:20

      What contribution??????

      mholthuysen - 2012-04-30 12:44

      Bwahahahaha - what contributions? Thank you very much that you stole from us! That you left us a local government in shambles... do I need to add anything else to his contributions... !?

      nasheenar - 2012-04-30 14:36

      Name one contribution .....urrrrh defrauded the country! Thats why he was fired!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! For some of you out there who dont know, they steal your money too if you are a tax payer.

      Kevin - 2012-04-30 14:50

      Lefty is one of his girlfriends.

      Christopher - 2012-04-30 14:55

      Hahahahaaa. you a funny guy Lefty.

  • Mhlonso - 2012-04-30 12:14

    ANC ancestors recalled him.

      Kobus - 2012-04-30 12:35

      Yip, it was the ANCestors.

  • anthro45 - 2012-04-30 12:15

    Why is this news?? Who was he anyway except for being another thief in government?

      Sedick - 2012-04-30 15:39

      @ Kensong. a skelme husband , a skelme father , a skelme son and a skelme protector to his next of kin...I would not respect a family member - even father - that steals form the poor to support his lifestyle..even going to visit his girlfriend in Switzerland nodal....

      nasheenar - 2012-04-30 16:49

      Kensong in this case the man is remembered by his fellony and not his legacy as there was none.For tax payers all that counts is the money that was stolen. Quite frankly dont care about his next of kin cos they too are reaping the rewards of the spoils.

  • Christopher - 2012-04-30 12:18

    When is this corrupt officials funeral ...I would like to light up a cigar and drink a glass of champagne!

      abed26 - 2012-04-30 12:37

      after a long illness neh? *thinking*

      takalani.hector - 2012-04-30 12:41

      Sicelo shiceka rest in perfect piece , we wil always remember you.-frm SADIKI TAKALANI- VLEIFONTEIN

      mholthuysen - 2012-04-30 12:53

      Rest in piece? What they going to cut them into pieces now??

      nasheenar - 2012-04-30 16:49

      here here I'll join you!

  • Sechaba - 2012-04-30 12:19

    I can't stop crying, my hero is no

      Christopher - 2012-04-30 12:22


      Siyanda - 2012-04-30 13:05

      Please do not tell us, just cry

  • Negry - 2012-04-30 12:21

    Stress has contributed to his death im sure.May his soul rest in peace.

      Johan - 2012-04-30 12:46

      AIDS. You don't screw somebody in prison my friend

      wsidina1 - 2012-04-30 13:01

      May his soul rest in peace n my condolenses to his family n SA as a whole...

  • Gregory - 2012-04-30 12:22

    Gonna rack up another million in funeral expenses.

  • Norman - 2012-04-30 12:23

    45?,he looked 60.

  • Pietertjie - 2012-04-30 12:25

    Ag maar dis wonderlike nuus. Die bleddie skelm!

      nasheenar - 2012-04-30 16:51

      Jaa Pietertjie another one bites the dust not fast enough though.

  • thivhuterrence.nengovhela - 2012-04-30 12:29

    Vha edele nga mulalo

  • Caroline - 2012-04-30 12:34

    He must have lied about his age too - could he have only been 14 when he was branch chairperson of the Congress of South African Students in Soweto 1980?? He was born in 1966 and died at 45? As Norman said in the feed he looked 60! Very strange huh??

  • yvonnecraig.linton - 2012-04-30 12:38

    12 cows,24 goats, 50 bags potatoes , 25000 litres ijuba, ...oh and 60 bags cabbages , sigh....

      veldt66 - 2012-04-30 12:44

      I hve to laugh, thats funny

      Lazarus - 2012-04-30 15:26

      I like that Joe.U make me laugh.

  • Jacques - 2012-04-30 12:41

    Hau it seems the shower in this instance had no power.Long illness ,many girlfriends,open cheque book provided from hard working honest taxpayers........ Eish no no you cant fool me

  • chuma.mhlebil - 2012-04-30 12:58

    May his soul rest in Peace! After death we can't still throw stones at someone, for God's sake the Guy is dead! We hve to respect the dead!!!

  • spartanx93 - 2012-04-30 12:59

    @vuyisanijozana - african culture is all about the party after the funeral. screw the dead person..... we deeeemand to party!

  • Crracker - 2012-04-30 13:00

    Most people accept the virus theory in the absence of a viable alternative explanation. Some of us may with a lot of mental effort be able to keep an open approach to the possibilities but I am afraid we are in the minority.

      Wally Walters - 2012-04-30 13:09

      Uuuuuh ya wonder what type of disease

  • Zonke - 2012-04-30 13:05

    May he rest in peace and please the family, friends and relatives must burry him and not the state. Yes he stole millions & they went down the drain. Now for being a good civilian, I pass my condolences and emphasize that the state funds are for the people.

  • Wela - 2012-04-30 13:06

    Rest in Peace my leader may you finally find rest an those who are chasing you will chase you no more

  • Viwe - 2012-04-30 13:07

    One day you gonna die do you know that in case you don't know. What would you prefer to hear from God? Depart from me I never knew you or well done good and faithful servant enter into the joy of the Lord.Repent now and leave Mr Sicelo Shiceka because he is in heaven or hell depending on what choice he made while he was still alive. You still have an opportunity to accept Jesus as Lord and saviour now.

  • Zwelithini - 2012-04-30 13:07

    Some people on this forum are real hipocrates. When PW Botha and Eugene Terblanche died they dark side was forgotten. But now it is Sicelo Shiceko he was only bad.

      Judith - 2012-04-30 13:14

      I think your observation is inaccurate. They were equally loathed in life and death

      siyadyosiba - 2012-04-30 13:16

      I cannot agree more to this. I wish they can for once be consistent and truthful. Double Standards at their best.

      Lady - 2012-04-30 13:16

      May his soul rest in peace.He was a father, a son and a brother to someone out there.Yes he was corrupt but he is not a moster.

      Marion - 2012-04-30 13:27

      I loath everything ET represented. When he died I didn't conveniently forget what he had done but I also didn't rejoice.

      Lady - 2012-04-30 13:37

      May his soul rest in peace.He was a father, a son and a brother to someone out there.Yes he was corrupt but he is not a moster.

      Johan - 2012-04-30 14:52

      How can you say forgotten? We have apartheid thrown at us 24/7. They were the faces of those days. They tried to better the life of their people,this guy was for himself. Don't waste a piece of land on him, burn him

  • ravele1 - 2012-04-30 13:17

    Corruption Disease, it kills for real.

  • siyadyosiba - 2012-04-30 13:25

    We will definitely remember his contribution towards trade unions and labor liberation. His outstanding Cadreship as a loyal member of our liberation movement. All the bad things he did will be thrown to trash and forgotten.

      Jeffrey - 2012-04-30 14:45

      Wrong! Shiceka is the one who will be trashed by history.

  • damonsb - 2012-04-30 13:27

    Never condemn someone to hell ,that’s the worst thing anyone can say to another human being, No matter what this guy did, those who condemn ,are you a better person ?Are you perfect. Look in the mirror and see your own mistakes.

      rendani.r.neluheni - 2012-04-30 13:32

      He yo ndi ngoho .u songo judge munwe.

  • lebogang.kekana2 - 2012-04-30 13:29

    he mst jst go nd zuma nd his crew mst jst follow hpe he passed de disease to his corrupt friend.......Rest in death!!!

      ravele1 - 2012-04-30 13:33

      and his soul must Rot in peace!

  • Jabu - 2012-04-30 13:31

    Did he really go without paying our money?, aarg neee. Using our money to rent a jet to see a criminal in jail? Give me a break

      ravele1 - 2012-04-30 13:40

      he must come back and pay us!! What a waste!

  • Pule - 2012-04-30 13:36

    We came with nothing and will leave with nothing in this planet.

  • daniel.tshabayagae - 2012-04-30 13:37


      Pule - 2012-04-30 13:41

      I agree you ANC uneducated comrade,what is loose?

  • francois.delange - 2012-04-30 13:40

    Long illness = slow puncture and he could not even take his money with him. What about his girlfriend in the Swiss jail? I wonder, did he leave on a first class seat?

  • leigh.windvogel - 2012-04-30 13:46


  • Gregory - 2012-04-30 13:52

    With this dude gone government can afford to pay for the Sanral catastrophe .

  • Sara - 2012-04-30 13:56

    Wharton! Hahaha! That's the best joke yet. First of all they don't grant diplomas in universities. In the U.S., a diploma is technically reserved solely for high school graduation- similar to matric in S.A. As for Wharton,, one of the top business schools in the world let alone the U.S., it grants degrees. Maybe he took a course and got a certificate for one of the working executive courses, but that is def. not the same as graduating from Wharton. Nice try - guarantee his qualification is fake! He can rot with the other lying SA politicians!

  • Jacques - 2012-04-30 13:57

    Eish who took the power from the shower.? JZ showerhead is a strong president 7 wifes 20 children that he knows about. Only him can can get the shower to sustain his power .

  • trevor.mashilo - 2012-04-30 14:05

    Rest in Peace Shiceka..........

  • trevor.mashilo - 2012-04-30 14:05

    Rest in Peace Shiceka..........

  • jeremiah.nkosi - 2012-04-30 14:06

    Hamba kahle Qabane!

  • pat.louw - 2012-04-30 14:08

    Rest in peace Mr Shiceka until we meet again.

  • ideal.selepe - 2012-04-30 14:18

    rest in peace n sending my condolance 2 d famelly

  • Paul - 2012-04-30 14:21

    Poor soul - no wonder he went on such a spending spree! Karma - The wheel turns -but oh so slowly!

  • Lazarus - 2012-04-30 14:23

    May his soul rest in peace..I am sure his conscience will be able to speak on his behalf for the corrupt minister he was.

  • Kevin - 2012-04-30 14:46

    May he rot in peace. And may he be remembered as a criminal.

      ravele1 - 2012-04-30 14:51

      Rot and Rot....continuosly Rot.

  • jack.pollard.37 - 2012-04-30 15:11

    I wont be attending his funeral, but I thoroughly approve of it.

  • Lazarus - 2012-04-30 15:30

    Moya wa gage o robale Ka Kgotso.

  • Sibusiso - 2012-04-30 15:30

    Rest in peace, my condolences to your family.

  • Sibusiso - 2012-04-30 15:33

    When a man has died, show him respect, don't curse him to go to hell because you might follow him

      Pixie86 - 2012-04-30 15:48

      clearly some of us have lost our culture or had none to begin with. Whatever happened to not speaking ill of the dead?

      mahumza - 2012-04-30 16:46

      Hey guys let's bow our heads and give this combrade our last respect! May de Lord be with the Family of the late mr Shiceka during dis difficult tym

  • makhosonke.mkhaliphi - 2012-04-30 16:34

    When human beings start rejoycing about da death of another human being,black or white, corrupt or not corrupt, then we have lost values and respect for God himself. Amen

      Koos - 2012-04-30 16:59

      Sorry makhosonke, - I just such a bloody relief !!!

  • Koos - 2012-04-30 16:57

    Good riddance !!!!

  • Garth - 2012-04-30 17:23

    RIP Comrade this and rest is peace comrade that. With comrades like Shiceka no one needs enemies.