Durban - Late Mineral Resources and Energy deputy minister Bavelile Hlongwa was a staunch Christian who loved her mother and children of her late siblings, said KwaZulu-Natal parliament Speaker Ntobeko Boyce.
Talking to Independent Media during the Hlongwa’s memorial service organised by the ANC at the Durban City Hall on Thursday, Boyce spoke about the Hlongwa she knew as a person other than a comrade in the ruling party.
Former president Jacob Zuma is scheduled to be a keynote speaker in the packed hall.
She said Hlongwa left behind children of her late siblings she was bringing up.
“So there are children in the Hlongwa family who are now orphan for the second time.