The arrival of the coffin of Zola Skweyiya at CRC Church in Lynnwood Pretoria. Picture: Bongani Shilibane/African News Agency (ANA)
The arrival of the coffin of Zola Skweyiya at CRC Church in Lynnwood Pretoria. Picture: Bongani Shilibane/African News Agency (ANA)
Floral tributes to ANC veteran Zola Skweyiya, Picture: Bongani Shilibane/African News Agency (ANA)
Floral tributes to ANC veteran Zola Skweyiya, Picture: Bongani Shilibane/African News Agency (ANA)
Mourners bring flowers to the funeral for Zola Skweyiya at CRC Church in Lynnwood Pretoria. Picture: Bongani Shilibane/African News Agency (ANA)
Mourners bring flowers to the funeral for Zola Skweyiya at CRC Church in Lynnwood Pretoria. Picture: Bongani Shilibane/African News Agency (ANA)

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"As we fold the flag that now covers him, we will commend his spirit to the founding fathers and mothers of our nation and hand over the work of his hand to his family and future generations as a symbol of honour to his service and love for [his] country," Ramaphosa said.

Skweyiya died at the age of 75 on April 11. He was public service and administration minister from 1994 to 1999 and social development minister from 1999 to 2009, before he was appointed South Africa’s high commissioner to the United Kingdom and Ireland.


Ramaphosa said that since the day Skweyiya died, there had been "an outpouring of grief and expressions of admiration from many South Africans and from people across the world".

Skweyiya is survived by his wife, former ambassador Thuthukile Skweyiya, three sons - Vuyo, Khethaukuthula, and Vukani - two daughters - Phila and Mandisa - and 12 grandchildren.

Former president Thabo Mbeki and his wife Zanele were among numerous high profile mourners at the funeral.

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