Late Sipho Thanjekwayo remembered for his work in combating crime and violence in Gauteng

Mpho Koka Journalist
Acting HOD of community safety Sipho Thanjekwayo.
Acting HOD of community safety Sipho Thanjekwayo.
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Gauteng MEC for community safety Faith Mazibuko has described Sipho Thanjekwayo, acting head of department, as a leader who will be remembered for his great work in combating crime and violence against people in the province. 

Thanjekwayo died on Wednesday due to Covid-19-related complications.

“He played a critical role in steering the department through the difficult task of leading the province in Covid-19 compliance enforcement and monitoring, working with law enforcement agencies in the province. He was also instrumental in establishing and leading the Covid-19 compliance workstreams on behalf of the Gauteng provincial command council.

“We are shattered by the passing away of acting HOD Thanjekwayo. His passing away is a great loss for the Gauteng provincial government. His selfless contribution in bettering the lives of the people of Gauteng will never be forgotten. The safety and security fraternity in the province will certainly miss his inputs in ensuring a safer environment for our communities. He was very passionate about the department oversight function and eradicating the scourge of gender-based violence in the province,” said Mazibuko in a statement.

Before becoming acting HOD, Thanjekwayo served as chief director of corporate services.

“He was one of the long servicing members of the department of community safety, having occupied various roles in the past. He was actively involved in mobilising communities to participate in the fight against crime and violence against women, children and other vulnerable persons,” said Mazibuko.

Mazibuko said details of the funeral will be communicated in due course.

Meanwhile, speaker of the National Assembly Thandi Modise and chairperson of the National Council of Provinces Amos Masondo also described deceased African Independent Congress (AIC) member of parliament Lulama Ntshayisa as a servant of the people who made meaningful contributions in parliament.

Ntshayisa died of Covid-related complications.

Ntshayisa represented the AIC in the National Assembly. He first joined parliament after the 2014 general election and returned as a member of the National Assembly after the 2019 elections.

“Throughout both terms he made meaningful contributions to the debates in the house. Mr Ntshayisa left an indelible mark in the portfolio committees on which he served – the portfolio committee on agriculture, land reform and rural development; the portfolio committee on employment and labour; and the portfolio committee on sports, arts and culture. In April, he became a member of the committee for Section 194 inquiry, which will determine the public protector’s fitness to hold office.  

“The painful sting of the Covid-19 pandemic has robbed parliament by eliminating this patriot and servant of the people. Parliament has been losing its members since the outbreak of this virus. We are hurt beyond imagination by the passing of such a dedicated public representative, who was committed to the service of the people,” said both presiding officers of parliament in a statement.

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