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Family and friends unite pay tribute to 'selfless' Sefularo

By Sipho Masombuka | Apr 09, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Humble , selfless and addicted to work. This is how late Deputy Minister of Health Molefi Sefularo was remembered during a memorial service at the Pretoria City Hall yesterday.

Paying tribute to him friends and colleagues affirmed that he possessed priceless qualities.

Sefularo's longtime friend and standing committee for finance chairperson Thaba Mufamadi said he chose to celebrate Sefularo's life instead of mourning his death.

He said this was because no amount of sorrow would fill the void of losing a friend, father, partner and brother.

The deputy minister tragically lost his life when his car crashed on the N4 freeway outside Pretoria on Easter Monday.

In a tribute read on her behalf by family friend Muzi Mtshali, Sefularo's widow Kgomotso Kgoathe said: "My husband loved this country and worked tirelessly to create a better life for all. Those of us who remain can honour him by carrying on where he left off. Ikhutse (Rest) Tholo"

The tribute from his children read: ". As we bid farewell to a leader, an academic, a comrade and a child of the motherland, may we all work towards realising his dream. Right now life seems hard, we are all sad but never scared because you will always be our father."

Minister of Home Affairs Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said Sefularo's death deprived the country of a selfless and gifted leader, a workaholic and a fine cadre who dedicated his life to the people.

"This is the saddest moment for us who have worked with him," she said. "It is difficult to accept that he is gone forever. He was gifted, full of life and energy to the point where we could not accept the reality that his life was cut short so abruptly and tragically.

"We are, however, consoled by the fact that he lived his life to the full and achieved much more than those older than he was."

Among those who attended the memorial service were struggle stalwart Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi, Justice and Constitutional Development Minister Jeff Radebe, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and other government ministers.

Sefularo will be buried at the Hartbeespoort Cemetery, west of Pretoria. The service will startat 9am at the University of Limpopo's Medunsa campus in Ga-Rankuwa. The cortege leaves for the cemetery at 11am.


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