Sicelo Shiceka's family shocked

2012-04-30 14:22

Johannesburg - Former co-operative governance and traditional affairs minister Sicelo Shiceka's family said they were shocked by his death on Monday.

"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 St Mary's private hospital in Mthatha, in the Eastern Cape, on Monday 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 R1m 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 11 May 2009.

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

  • Kobus - 2012-04-30 14:34

    "worked tirelessly for the liberation of our people"? Think more it was for his own pocket...

      Raj - 2012-04-30 14:49

      The same liberation he worked for, allows you to today make such comments.

      Christopher - 2012-04-30 15:01

      Great comment Kobus.

      Albert - 2012-04-30 15:06

      @Raj, the same ligeration helps you and your gupta buddies to steal as far as they go. Please don't put a jihad on me now, moron! Did you get the suit from Shaik on the golf course?

      Smile - 2012-04-30 15:07

      @Raj, get back into your hole cANCer scum. You are not welcome here. Like the rest of cANCer you are corrupt. You promote violence and crime. You promote poverty. You only think of yourself and your comments are outdated. VIVA DA!!!

      Poloyatonky - 2012-04-30 15:11

      how can u celebrate 1s death? come on people!!!!

      mastersvoice - 2012-04-30 15:13

      Smile - I hope and trust you are not representative of what the DA stands for. If your comment is intended to dissuade people from voicing their opinions in these forums because they are not in line with your thinking, then I would suggest that YOU and your ilk are not welcome here.

      Smile - 2012-04-30 15:22

      MasterVOIce - Yeah, that comming from a troll is rich. You can join Raj in his hole. Remember not to drop the soap. ;)

      Christopher - 2012-04-30 15:23

      Ok...we not celebrating his death we just in approval of that better?

      Irene - 2012-04-30 15:29

      Polyatonky ~ Quite easily when the person is a thief and a criminal.

      Con - 2012-04-30 15:31

      Smile and Albert in particular : Your racism makes me want to vomit. Even if the ANC leaders are corrupt generally, not every black or Indian person is a corrupt thief you morons. The insults you are hurling around are shocking. Please bugger off to Orania.

      Smile - 2012-04-30 15:38

      @ CON, when did I ever say a ever say corruption is dependent on skin colour? GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT!!! RAJ is a ANC comrade. He is corrupt by that reasoning.

      dingisoml - 2012-04-30 15:55

      @Kobus and your, MonkyTown crew where no human values are appreciated, There will never be another Apartheid State in this or any other part of this modern world where you can drink beer next to a human flash smell. Only animals celebrate while others are in agony.

      Lady - 2012-04-30 16:00

      @ Albert Raj is not a muslim name. Jihad dude get your facts straight. Do some research before you make a fool of yourself.

      Irene - 2012-04-30 16:37

      @Raj ~ No wonder you're an ANCancer supporter pal. I see you get paid R39 000 for attending a meeting. What's the gravy taste like thief? I'd be hanging my head in shame instead of coming onto a public forum in praise of your thieving cronies!! How can you justify being paid that amount of money to attend a meeting FFS!??

      Sharon - 2012-04-30 16:40

      he perhaps had too many traditional affairs

      frederik - 2012-04-30 16:45

      Dont be sad...he was a common criminal and thief.

      Gordon - 2012-04-30 17:14

      he liberate the tax money

  • Shirley - 2012-04-30 14:36

    I bet his girlfriend in Switzerland is also shocked! He might of worked towards liberation,however he didnt mind helping himself to others money!

      Zambezi - 2012-04-30 15:40

      Sounds barbaric !

      Frank - 2012-04-30 16:40

      Must be a shock to the family realizing that the slow punctured, drug dealing, tax stealing, entitled breadwinner is dead and they are left with the ghastly future of maybe having to earn an honest living! They should hang on to the drug mule girlfriend in Switzerland as she holds the key for their useless existance when she is released, as she is now the only skilled(seriously in demand by the Nigerians and certain MP's) fool to feed their extended brood! In the meanwhile, the entire estate MUST be frozen to first repay the money that useless thief stole from us!

  • Rob - 2012-04-30 14:37

    Oh give it a break with this story. FFS enough is enough !

  • Bennie - 2012-04-30 14:39

    ''contribution to government'' ??? WTF - does Matembu have p@p for brains and a case of Amnesia?? Only contribution this guy made was for his own pocket- he engaged with crach ho's and got a slow puncture. - so let it be a lesson.

  • Gregory - 2012-04-30 14:40

    Ofcourse they shocked. He can't handover public funds anymore. No more free ride at the taxpayers expense.

      Shirley - 2012-04-30 14:42

      Yip,gravy train ride over! Last stop!

      nasheenar - 2012-04-30 14:49

      More pie eaters should go suddenly then maybe our country would be sucessful.

  • Kevin - 2012-04-30 14:40

    Wonder if he had a slow puncture? Can't say I'll miss the criminal....

      Tyrone - 2012-04-30 15:06

      @Raj- This is not racist! This is about a criminal who spent R800 000(or more) of taxpayers money! OUR MONEY!! Not his, OURS! The money we work hard for every day, and someone thinks its ok to take it! Thats not race guy, thats theft! Get over yourself Raj!

      Smile - 2012-04-30 15:11

      Where is that comment racist? Typical cANCer. They scream racism when they dont like what they here? The ANC is does not obide by our constitution as they dont respect freedom of speech. SHAME on YOU.

      Christopher - 2012-04-30 15:13

      I would like to wake up one morning and find all the corrupt anc idiots(who make people become racist...just towards their corrupt kind) on a leaking boat in shark infested waters.

      Lady - 2012-04-30 15:14

      @ Kevin why would you miss him? Kevin really now, you don't know Shiceka.You are not related to him.He does not know you.You are so into yourself.Get over yourself.

      Bennie - 2012-04-30 15:14

      Raj did you have a Banana with your curry?

      Lady - 2012-04-30 15:23

      @ Raj don't allow them to get to you.They are just bitter shame,please understand its not their fault.I hope they don't plant this kind of thoughts in the heads of their children.After all the kids of all races are the future of this country.

      mastersvoice - 2012-04-30 15:23

      Raj - I too will be happy if we could liberate this country of racists. The big challenge is to identify these racists, because it seems we have racists on all sides of the racial divide here in South Africa! Personally, I think the current government in South Africa is one of the worst we have ever had, Apartheid governments included. Zuma and his cronies (Shiceka being one of them) are milking this country dry; this has nothing to do with their race though. They are just self-serving corrupt politicians in my view.

      Smile - 2012-04-30 15:32

      @MasterVoice - OH! Should have known you are part of the Malema group - I thought you guys are a dying breed. So you thin the current ANC leaders are currupt? Isnt that like the pot calling the kettle black?

      Lady - 2012-04-30 15:36

      @Smile sit down.

      Smile - 2012-04-30 17:12

      @LADY Your comments are idiotic, Another ANC comrade? Are they paying people like you to type on News24's forums? Are you part of the ANC's propoganda machine?

  • Gail - 2012-04-30 14:44

    A whole year on paid sick leave and his family is shocked at his passing. Ya no well fine hey. No more pay packet.

      Irene - 2012-04-30 16:15

      Yip, a whole year on paid sick leave. What was so special about him and how come every one else gets 36 days!

  • Christopher - 2012-04-30 14:45

    St.Mary's Private hospital...Maybe you should have gone to a public hospital you might have had better luck.

      Irene - 2012-04-30 15:35

      I also noticed that. Wonder why he thought he wasn't good enough for a government run State hospital where all the sheeple have to go.

  • Christopher - 2012-04-30 14:52

    Ooo ooo ooo ooo ooo I ain't happy, I' m feelin glad I got sunshine in a bag I'm useless, but not for long the future is comin' on I ain't happy, I' m feelin glad I got sunshine in a bag I'm useless, but not for long the future is comin' on is comin' on is comin' on is comin' on is comin' on The Future is now better. 1 down many to go...slowly, painfully it will come on...

  • nash.eezy - 2012-04-30 15:05

    Ooh good ridence...may Zuma

  • Christopher Zoony De Croes - 2012-04-30 15:07

    ha long illness ya most likely AIDS..

  • Viwe - 2012-04-30 15:08

    Don't make fun of death today you might be on the mountain top but one day you will be on the valley low to Shiceka Family weeping may endureth for a night but joy cometh in the morning.

  • punktuasie - 2012-04-30 15:09

    How can the family be shocked if it was a long illness? Surely they must have known there could be a chance that he could die if the illness lasted so long? And I bet you if it was cancer, they would've said it was cancer. But now they just keep quiet and think that we won't guess what he died from.

  • dingisoml - 2012-04-30 15:20

    @ Kobus, Ofcoz it wan't for your people so shut up, please

  • Malavi - 2012-04-30 15:23

    Whether he is alive or died there is no difference...mourning him is like mourning Judas. Siceka was given a chance at the highest level to serve people but he stole from people.

      Irene - 2012-04-30 15:36

      Spot on Malavi and it has nothing to do with race. Well said.

  • Zighom - 2012-04-30 15:26

    Minus one in the cookie jar

  • clivegoss - 2012-04-30 15:37

    "Worked tirelessly" to liberate as much cash for himself as he could muster.Mr Mthembu it is always sad when someone passes on. Dying does n't absolve what he did. Are we now getting a refund ?

  • Frank - 2012-04-30 15:41

    All of a sudden comrade Sicelo Shiceka is this coorrupt politician. In that case then the Public Protector must investigate how many White people in this country mainly farmers who got land legitimately. You would find that only 10 percent got it legitimately and the other 90 percent got it either by force during apartheid or through corrupt activities! Call comrade Shiceka all the names you want but the fact of the matter is whether you like it or not, you are going to pay for the ministers funeral finish n klaar! Oooops almost forgot, and maintain his children. We are in power, You had your chance now its our turn!

      Frank - 2012-04-30 16:04

      Hi Frank Ngulube. I must reply to you also being Frank so that people don't think I'm a halfwit. All governments and politicians steal from the people, thats why they want the status so desperately. The difference is that the ANC cadres steal 90% and cannot run the country due to lack of funds. The previous regime stole 5% and could hide it in the paperwork. With a modicum of intellegence you can get away with a lot of money. If you are intensely greedy and stupid about it, you will get exposed - hence the ANC's reputation. In any case, I am Frank Zippa. Is your surname really Ngulube(Pig)? Do you also feed at the ANC trough?

  • Carry - 2012-04-30 15:45


      sanet.oelofse - 2012-04-30 16:45

      Let them eat cake!

  • dingisoml - 2012-04-30 15:46

    @MALAVI. Contrary to what you and your masters say, His death means more than just your petty political victory to his family. They are mourning while you are celebrating. Think of these things bro.

      Irene - 2012-04-30 15:55

      No doubt they're mourning the end of the gravy train.

      Malavi - 2012-04-30 17:06

      I refuse to mourn or give respect to these kind of lives, never comrade.

      Irene - 2012-04-30 17:06

      Kensong ~ I'm no mother Theresa, but here's the thing ..... I'm not a thief and I don't steal money belonging to other people. I don't have girlfriends outside my marriage and I don't use taxpayers money to visit my drug-smuggling girlfriends in foreign jails. When I die at least I'll have a clear conscience.

      Irene - 2012-04-30 17:31

      Kensong ~ All corrupt in some way? Speak for yourself. I, on the other hand have morals and principles that I live my life by and corruption, deceit, and stealing are not on the list.

  • Viwe - 2012-04-30 15:48

    People that are commenting so negative are filled with bitterness,hatred,anger,revenge,unforgiveness bt Jesus said we must forgive one another for don't deserve to be here either we all deserve hell but thanks to the grace of God.

      Frank - 2012-04-30 16:30

      Hi Viwe. Be realistic. He was a Minister of the country who stole millions, a philanderer and consorted with drug distributors. Not exactly a role model even to the ANC comrades. If you believe in heaven/hell, then I hope they put a case of suntan lotion in his coffin!

  • Henry - 2012-04-30 15:50

    My condolences to his family. No matter how evil the person was, when he has died, there are good talking about him. He was sacked, nothing was said about him. Now after his death, they try to good talk him. No matter how he was, no matter what he's done, may his soul rest in peace.

      Irene - 2012-04-30 15:56

      A thief is a thief is a thief, whether they're dead or alive. The death of a thief doesn't make them a good person!

      Deon - 2012-04-30 16:14

      Dying does not make you a better person. At the end of the day he will be remembered for being fired while he was a minister.

  • Compos - 2012-04-30 15:50

    Why didn't he use the world class public hospitals????

      sanet.oelofse - 2012-04-30 16:42

      It's good enough for all the people he so righteously liberated...

  • gustav.harmse - 2012-04-30 15:53

    slow puncture

  • Jonny Lee - 2012-04-30 15:59

    At least 1 taken out of the corruption circle.

      Gregory - 2012-04-30 16:23

      1 passenger off the gravy train. Now Zuma can marry again and fill the vacant seat.

  • Phepishi - 2012-04-30 16:02

    RIP Municipal Turnaround strategy!

  • Christopher - 2012-04-30 16:10

    The result of stealing 4m the poor\who's next

  • Hudayfah - 2012-04-30 16:12

    R.I.P guy. Wish things were a bit different. Wish you hadn't made those silly mistakes. As it is,your mistakes affected alot of people. I guess you are solely responsible for tainting your name. You will now be mentioned in the same breath as the rest of the oppressors of this country,both black and white. Anyways, goodluck on the other side. We all need it.

  • Leon - 2012-04-30 16:37

    now he must go and answer why he did what he did.good luck.

  • Sakhiwo - 2012-04-30 16:43

    R.I.P Mr Shiceka, you've made your mark.I thought you were faking that sickness,running away from your wrong doings of corruption but it wasn't the case.

  • lindy.chauke - 2012-04-30 16:56

    My condolences.r.i.p.

  • Francesca - 2012-04-30 17:00

    Dear President Zuma, After have read all these comments I realise that South Africa (the voters) is severely wounded by the corruption in your government. The people's rage, whatever colour, is burning out of control about this injustice, and it's something you cannot wipe under the carpet any longer. Do something about it. Fire the corrupt people and then criminally charge them. Let your people realize that their actions, good and bad, has consequences. Remember that it's not what you say that defines you, but what you do. Leave a legacy to be proud of to your children and grandchildren and most of all the the ANC. Don't die one day as someone who did nothing about corruption, but as a president who stood up to good and ethical morals. Be what Mandela stood for. It's not too late. You still have the time to make your voice heard.

  • trudiroos.potter - 2012-04-30 17:02

    Why are we being called racists if he was found by Madonsela with his hand in the cookie jar? Ad he was fired by Zuma. What changes now that he has died? Wonder if the girlfriend is going to be pardoned overseas? I don't think so!

      Irene - 2012-04-30 17:08

      Trudi - Easy answer. When all else fails and you're stuck in a corner because of your shocking behaviour, it's easy to pull the race card or blame apartheid. When that fails, blame it on culture.

  • Chaapo - 2012-04-30 17:06

    Why the shock if indeed he had been ll for a long time? I hate hearing the oft repeated reference to untimely death as if there is a prescribed time line. We are not self-created and whatever/ whoever is responsible for our coming into being determines when it is timely for us to expire.

  • Ron - 2012-05-01 09:17

    Good riddance to bad rubbish. How about getting the money back from his estate?

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