28.3.2012 Minister of Public Works, Thembelani Nxesi speaking to staff of the Pretoria Regional Office as part of the turnaround strategy rosd show. Picture: Etienne Creux

President Jacob Zuma conveyed his condolences to Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi on Wednesday, following the death of the minister's daughter in a car accident.

“The loss of a child is one of the most painful experiences any parent can ever go through,” Zuma said in a statement.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with them at this dark hour. May her soul rest in peace.”

The Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) also extended its condolences earlier on Wednesday.

“We send our best wishes to comrades Sesi (Nxesi) and Thulas... and all their family as they struggle to come to terms with the loss,” Cosatu national spokesman Patrick Craven said in a statement.

Lona Nxesi, 17, died on Monday while on her way home from boarding school in Mangaung, in the Free State.

The Young Communist League of SA also sent its condolences to Nxesi.

She would have “contributed to the growth of the revolutionary movement and the transformation of our nation had death not robbed us”, said YCL spokesman Mangaliso Khonza.

“We wish that the entire family may find acceptance and peace as they navigate their way ahead without the beautiful star they lost,” he said in a statement. - Sapa