Durban – A young and promising tree had fallen, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Friday afternoon of deceased deputy mineral resources and energy minister, Bavelile Hlongwa.
“In her case, a young tree that had a great deal of promise for the future has fallen, and we are the poorer as a nation and as a country.”
Ramaphosa was speaking to the media outside the family home in Umbilo, just south of Durban.
Thirty-eight-year-old Hlongwa died in a car crash in the Gauteng province on Friday last week. She was appointed to her position in May.
“In her we had planted the best seeds for the future. We knew that we were going to continue harvesting as a country, from her knowledge, from her talent, from her commitments,” said Ramaphosa, who was joined at the home by various officials, including KwaZulu-Natal premier Sihle Zikalala and ANC Women’s League members.