Molewa served as North West premier from 2004 to 2009, before she was appointed social development minister. Molewa also served as water and environmental affairs minister from October 2010 to May 2014 after which she was Environmental Affairs Minister.
She fell ill while accompanying President Cyril Ramaphosa on a recent trip to Beijing and died at a Pretoria hospital on Saturday.
Mabuza said the country had lost a precious life. “She was a gallant fighter for our freedom. Sadly, as much as this day is fixed in the calendars, it is with particular angst that we commemorate this day as a nation in mourning. We have lost the precious life of Minister Edna Molewa.”
Mabuza described Molewa as an outstanding servant of the people.