MPs pay tribute to Shiceka

2012-05-02 18:25

Cape Town - Members of Parliament paid tribute to former Cabinet minister Sicelo Shiceka, who died at the age of 45 on Monday.

ANC chief whip Mathole Motshekga passed a motion that the House "notes with great sadness" the death of Shiceka.

"Mr Shiceka epitomised the ANC policy of service to all and thus everybody who had the privilege of working closely with him remembers him as a people’s person," Motshekga said.

Shiceka showed deep compassion, commitment and courage "in true selfless service" to his people.

DA MP Marti Wenger said Shiceka's absence would be "greatly felt".


"His passion and energy in the manner he executed his duties can never be taken away. His heart and soul were in the movement. He was unstoppable when he set his mind to achieve a certain goal."

Congress of the People MP Julie Killian said Shiceka would be remembered for his smile, behind which was a "strong-willed personality".

Inkatha Freedom Party MP Koos van der Merwe said Shiceka would be remembered for his outstanding achievements and talents.

"Our colleague's death came as a shock, but also carried a message to all of us today. That message is 'am I ready to go if I fall today?'," Van der Merwe said.

Implicated in wrongdoing

Shiceka died in the Eastern Cape on Monday morning.

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.

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

  • mholthuysen - 2012-05-02 18:38

    He epitomised the ANC policy of stealing and being corrupt.... He deserves no tribute whatsoever - as he stole from the people - he is a common thief - and sorry DA he will not be missed!

      Robsschele - 2012-05-02 19:36

      Shiceka showed shallow compassion, non-commitment and cowardice "in true selfish service" to his people. I EDITED THE ARTICLE A BIT. WHY THE HELL MUST THEY ALWAYS PRAISE EVEN A THIEF AND CROOK AFTER HE DIED.

      Sedick - 2012-05-02 23:57

      He really felt for his people. That is why he used the people's money to fly to Switzerland to visit one of his people who was unfortunately in jail. He also used his people's money to give a party for his mother, spent the people's money on jollies for friends - what a caring son and friend! He was self-serving to the extent that he generally served himself to his people's money. "He was unstoppable when he set his mind to achieve a certain goal." - to use his people's money for his own needs....what a guy, a true ANC Cadre......

      George - 2012-05-03 01:57

      Do you think there will be a tribute for the young farmer's wife slaughtered in front of her kids. Any apology for failing her right to life, any remorse for a genocidal crime wave. No, I didn't think so. BRING BACK THE DEATH PENALTY NOW.

  • kev47 - 2012-05-02 18:40

    Wouldn't it be nice if the ANC just kept quiet, instead of honouring a corrupt and inefficient cadre.

      Yar - 2012-05-02 20:05

      Sorry Kev. They can't do that. No matter how much sense it makes. They just can't help themselves.

  • Innocent - 2012-05-02 18:50

    All MP,have to tell the nation a truth about Mr Shiceka,because the peaple have not heard from government the tax payer money He enrich himself.

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-05-02 18:51


  • Piet - 2012-05-02 19:05

    Who cares about the common thief?

  • Sylvia - 2012-05-02 19:17

    "There's one more angel in heaven There's one more star in the sky Shiceka we'll never forget you it's tough but we're gonna get by."

      kasiboy55 - 2012-05-02 20:41

      Did he also visit your jail cell? Just curious...

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-05-02 19:26

    This outpouring of grief is difficult to understand. He stole from the people - enough money to alleviate the suffering of many - why is everyone do sorry to see him go?

  • Zahir - 2012-05-02 20:12

    Selfless service or is that self service? that includes the millions spend on luxury travel and hotels

  • Gregory - 2012-05-02 20:35

    A shower would of saved ur comrade , some beetroot and madumbi. Pity he had to much coke up his nose and schemed f**k the shower. Ended up Fu**ing himself into a six foot hole. Look on the bright side a private cake guzzling celebration . Perhaps some more f**cking with cake filled stomachs after wishing this arch angel eternal rest. Jesus better a keep a eye on his lance , before him and god argue over who stoke it.

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-05-02 20:51

    DA MP Marti Wenger said Shiceka's absence would be "greatly felt" On the one hand the ANC just keeps on telling lies, and on the other, people play with words. I have today finished paying off my debt. The absence of my debt will be "greatly felt".

  • Vincent - 2012-05-02 20:51

    Least to pay for a man who has already paid himself! \O shwa jwang o re kolota?\ Go bribe your way into heaven. Ppl get booted for\r\nStealing millions fool!

  • lourens.miller - 2012-05-02 20:58

    And now he is a national hero Goda love this country

  • Gotterdammerung - 2012-05-02 20:58

    Politicians - the mouth opens, a lie and or platitude comes out, mouth closes Burn all politicians, lawyers, life-insurance sales people and second-hand car dealerships

  • Erna - 2012-05-02 21:55

    Is this the same guy who was fired for corruption and lying? But I forget - in the ANC these attributes are necessary for success!

  • elkita.robbertse - 2012-05-03 09:25

    He was full of dirty worms before he died.Nothing new for him on the other side.

  • Rob - 2012-05-03 09:27

    Such accolades! WHat an example for his countrymen, especially the youth to emulate! Is it any wonder that the SA has completely lost its 'moral compass' when we are subjected to such displays? Either it was sickening hypocracy in the extreme or we must now see honour and virtue in theivery and corruption. I feer that it is time to keep your head shame, and also so that you don't have to be constantly bombarded with service disasters and more examples of news items describing corruption and criminality.

  • Ed - 2012-05-03 14:34

    glad that this a-hole is dead dead dead....may he and his fellow comrade friends die a similar sloooooooow death. thats what you get when you steal you corrupt fukc. one wonders....could it have been AIDS??? with 20 illigitimate kids it is an option...

  • James - 2012-05-03 21:14

    Oh well... I can understand why Malema still thinks he is the ANCYL President. Just see how this sacked Minister is being put on a pedestal. "President Zuma has declared Sicelo Shiceka's funeral a 'Special Official Funeral Category 1', which is reserved for distinguished persons."

  • frank.hartry - 2012-05-04 09:10

    The DA MP said that Shiceka will be sadly missed. This is why the opposition political parties are so useless in South Africa. They are all the same. A bunch of parasites.

  • mdumiya - 2012-05-09 14:29

    Why can't people except that the man is dead, no matter how much you hate him it will not change the fact that he is dead. Just make peace with that. May his sole rest in peace!

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