Sorrow at Sicelo Shiceka's death

2012-04-30 20:37

Johannesburg - The government, political parties and trade unions have expressed sorrow at the death on Monday of former co-operative governance and traditional affairs minister Sicelo Shiceka.

"We will... miss his energy, as he was a remarkably hard worker and his impact was greatly felt in the local government turnaround strategy as well as his contribution to the struggle from the early 1980s," President Jacob Zuma said in a statement.

He sent his condolences to Shiceka's family and friends on behalf of the government and Cabinet.

Shiceka died at St Mary's private hospital in Mthatha in the Eastern Cape on Monday morning following a long illness.

ANC chief whip Mathole Motshekga said he was shocked at the news. He had been confident that Shiceka would recover from his illness and return to Parliament.

Not perfect

"Like all of us, comrade Shiceka was not perfect, but nothing can take away the commitment, passion and the energy with which he executed his responsibilities," he said.

"We extend our deepest condolences to the Shiceka family, his friends and comrades."

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.

Worked tirelessly

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 said Shiceka worked tirelessly for the country's liberation.

"He has made his lasting contribution by not only fighting for liberation, but also through his contribution in government," spokesperson Jackson Mthembu said in a statement.

The Democratic Alliance said that while it differed from Shiceka from time to time it never underestimated the extent to which he loved South Africa and its people.

"In Setswana there is a message of condolence that is our message to the Shiceka family today: ba lelapa la kwa Shiceka, le sa lele ja ka ba senang tshepo. Modimo keo. [To the Shiceka family, they must not cry as ones without hope. May God be with them]," DA national spokesperson Mmusi Maimane said in a statement.

Embodiment of the alliance

Congress of the People leader Mosiuoa Lekota said: "[Cope] extends... its deepest condolences to the Shiceka family, friends and relatives and wishes to reassure them that we are with them during this trying time."

Cosatu said Shiceka was the embodiment of the alliance between the trade union federation and the ANC.

"He was one of many who understood that workers do not sleep in factories, and worked tirelessly to make them appreciate that before they are workers they are members of their communities," Cosatu said in a statement.

"He played a critical role in strengthening Cosatu."

Although Shiceka had been fired as minister, his "grave error" had not taken away his contribution to workers and the struggle for freedom.

Joy to work with

The SA Communist Party said Shiceka's death had robbed the country of a committed and dedicated servant.

"He brought enthusiasm to his various deployments and was a joy to work with," the SACP said in a statement.

"He was one of the most reliable and loyal cadres of the movement."

The National Freedom Party said that although Shiceka had no longer been minister he still played an important role in politics as an ANC MP.

"Mr Shiceka still had a lot of contribution to make in our vibrant politics," NFP leader Zanele kaMagwaza-Msibi said in a statement.

"Our politics will be no longer the same without him."

The African Peoples Convention sent its condolences to the ANC Shiceka's family.

"He was a very dedicated man and contributed a lot to the struggle for freedom in this country," the APC said in a statement.

  • Oscar - 2012-04-30 20:53

    And I thought he was just a corrupt ANC cadre.

      ttshabalala - 2012-05-01 07:12

      He might have been a corrupt ANC cadre to you and I Oscar, but unfortunately his life was not just about what you and I think. He had children, family and friends, who related with him on the basis of him being a person, not a politician. They are certainly saddened by his death and we cannot expect them to write on his grave what you and I would. Oscar you are one of the biggest racists on this forum, but guess what, your children do not describe you as a are their father. The day you die and this forum and SA gets closer to becoming a better place, I, together with those who want the best for SA will celebrate and call you Oscar The Racist. We will say "good riddance to bad racist rubbish". But guess what? You family, children and you other racist mates on this very same forum will be affected differently. Now come on all of you News24 racists....give this a thumbs down because although it's true, it does not sit well with you. Come on, prove to yourself what you've always suspected.....that you are on this forum to promote division and become as unreasonable as ever whenever it involves a black person. Give a thumbs down as a sign of acceptance and acknowledgement of what you stand for.

  • mastersvoice - 2012-04-30 20:57

    "Like all of us, comrade Shiceka was not perfect" - I suppose the "Like all of us" part refers to the rest of the ANC government, if the imperfections he's referring to includes corruption and theft? Surely he cannot be implying the rest of South Africa are corrupt, thieving politicians? We're talking about someone who betrayed the trust of all South Africans, and was shamelessly defiant about it! No, he was much, much worse than merely "not perfect"!

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-04-30 21:11

    Lest the evil not bestow crime apon us anymore,cheers boet.

      Fussed - 2012-05-01 12:28

      Although Shiceka had been fired as minister, his "grave error" had not taken away his contribution to workers and the struggle for freedom. Was the pun intended?

  • Burtfred - 2012-04-30 21:19

    "Like all of us, comrade Shiceka was not perfect" He got that right!

      Morne - 2012-04-30 21:50

      Oh Burtfred, and I assume you are? Everybody makes mistakes... At least leave the man alone now, he's dead now, no need to rub it in...

  • John - 2012-04-30 21:27

    I wonder why they do not mention what his long illness was. Must be that "slow puncture" that's still quietly working away so nicely within the ranks!

      John - 2012-04-30 22:25

      Kenmsong, whilst my statement is fact, yours is just a spew of emotion, oh, wait, wait, has your fuse been lit as well?? Reality starting to set in??

  • msenzwa1 - 2012-04-30 21:41

    Go and join the charterists in the gravvy train going to hell....

      John - 2012-04-30 22:23

      Kensong, so why are we all feeling elated?

  • Cherri - 2012-04-30 21:46

    Good grief, why are people so two-faced? Seems as though these corrupt thieves suddenly become saints at death.

      Cherri - 2012-04-30 22:05

      So 'eulogies' is the polite term for lies then, Kensong?

  • Kingpin - 2012-04-30 22:00

    Life lost is always tragedic and so painful. Deseased will always be remembered by his/her deeds bad/good. Pity shicheka will be remembered by ordinary and sensibles as corrupt Gov official. We don't want to hear another Thabang Lebese' story. People must be frank from the onset. Rest in Peace comrade

      John - 2012-04-30 22:22

      Actually Kensong, we are all right on the money!

  • dick.muller - 2012-04-30 22:42

    "We will miss his energy" says Cde Zuma. I'm certain that the taxpayers whose money he stole and spent so energetically won't miss HIM at all.. Hope someone has warned Lucifer to lock his wallet away! And what about the girlfriend in gaol in Switzerlaand, I wonder..? Do the Swiss also prescribe garlic and beetroot? Hope so!!

      tebomasha - 2012-05-01 06:54

      Beetroot and garlic it raises questions! Arte you saying they have hiv?

  • Kevin - 2012-05-01 00:39

    Our political parties only have nice things to say about the man even though they are untrue. Where is the truth and honesty? Oh I forgot how do you tell if a politician is lying? Because their lips move! The best lie is the NFP saying he was still still contributing although he was no longer a minister. He was on "sick leave" from well before he was removed as a minister.

  • Noluntu - 2012-05-01 05:21

    So as usual God has become our answer again, He has accordingly dealt with another corrupt leader, He took Former Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Sicelo Shiceka away from us. Condolences to his family. I wonder how many poor South Africans suffered and died cause of his abuse of public funds.

  • trudiroos.potter - 2012-05-01 06:42

    He was one of the most reliable.......? According to what standard? Not mine.

  • Ryan - 2012-05-01 07:16

    ANC:"Like all of us, comrade Shiceka was not perfect" Never has a more truthful statement come from the Terrorist organisation! Admitting your faults as an organisation is a start.

  • Koos - 2012-05-01 07:27

    19 children later and he dies of aids.

  • Anton - 2012-05-01 08:10

    pitty he was waiting for a bed with all his other criminal brothers in hospital but he never had the right friends will we ever hear what he died of ?

  • Werner - 2012-05-01 08:13

    Good riddance to bad trash !

  • Mamgobhozi - 2012-05-01 08:22

    Shiceka was a disgrace. he took our money and use it to see his gf overseas. our tears are wiped nw

      Xulu.Thulany.Xaba - 2012-05-01 12:15

      Ayi boss ulimele big time!!!uyiSilima wit a capital letter 'S'.......ngikuzwela isono mdlwembe!!!mele ushiswe wena nxe

  • Eugene Walters - 2012-05-01 08:27

    The only sorrow is he can't steal anymore

  • nokubonga.bongiemaxwele - 2012-05-01 09:02

    The evil that man do lives with them, but the good is often buried with their bones, RIP Mr Shiceka,

      Charles - 2012-05-01 19:53

      Umuhle nje wena nokubonga

  • Fanie - 2012-05-01 09:15

    It is always sad when somebody dies, but that is the way of life. It is a pity Zuma wont see him in heaven because he said the ANC will rule until Jesus comes again. God does not like that when someone thinks he is above God.

      Ntokozo - 2012-05-01 11:11

      Well said Fanie!

  • Lindiwe - 2012-05-01 09:32

    My condolences to the fallen comrade,may his soul rest in peace.He was one of ours.Lala ngoxolo qabane!

  • michael.jubiler - 2012-05-01 09:34

    Corrupt despots get what corrupt despots deserve!

  • Musawenkosi - 2012-05-01 10:35

    I plead with you South Africans let us respect especially his family and kids and all affected not ANC because to them life goes on. I think South Africans we like dealing with results than tackiling the problem. The fact that the ANC is in government today is the results of being voted into power which they abuse and every five years they come back harangue the people with twaddle. The people of South Africa should come together as they have done with e-toll, what face the people is the same to all. I say again in a our world of diversity it has become clear that to solve the challenges of our times we must search beyond the thinking that has defined them.

  • Mabutho - 2012-05-01 11:48


  • Musawenkosi - 2012-05-01 12:31

    South Africans please know that the man is late and cannot hear you,but only his family that can feel the pain. So please whatever you want to say take that into consideration, let us say whatever we want to say to the person whilst he is still alive and stop showing tHe People South Africa how barren you are with the thinking.

      Fussed - 2012-05-01 14:23

      Yes he is late, he should have got there a lot sooner

  • Xulu.Thulany.Xaba - 2012-05-01 12:36

    Reading all this racist comment makes me sick!!! Changes the way I c white people in this country!

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-05-01 13:46

    I wonder who the biggest racists are in this country go look in your mirror.Oh and it actually has nothing to do with race it has to do with honesty,integrity,manners,education,respect and the most important one,putting others before yourself.

  • Cherri - 2012-05-01 16:15

    @Musawenkosi and all others concerned about the family, please note that this moron cared little about disgracing his family members while he was alive with all his corrupt, thieving and adulterous activities.

  • Johann - 2012-05-01 17:02

    My condolences to his family but death does not all of a sudden wipe out what he has done, the man was a thief and a adulterer and I had no respect for him .

  • elkita.robbertse - 2012-05-01 17:47

    Another ANC skelm bites the dust.

      MakaNyawuzenkukhu - 2012-05-02 09:07

      unexpected wording used.

  • MakaNyawuzenkukhu - 2012-05-02 09:01

    may his soul RIP. with humanitarian feelings and respect to ourselves it is wished that a fraction of public members and oposition parties do not focus on his mistakes which cannot be reversed but can help others learn & improve.

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