Parliamentary secretary Michael Coetzee laid to rest

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The South African Parliament building. President Jacob Zuma recently delivered the 2013 State of the Nation Address at the premises.

The South African Parliament building. President Jacob Zuma recently delivered the 2013 State of the Nation Address at the premises.

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The South African Parliament building. President Jacob Zuma recently delivered the 2013 State of the Nation Address at the premises.

The South African Parliament building. President Jacob Zuma recently delivered the 2013 State of the Nation Address at the premises.

CAPE TOWN - Deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa expressed his condolences on the funeral of Parliamentary secretary Michael Coetzee.

Coetzee died after a long battle with cancer.

In a statement released by the presidency, Ramaphosa described Coetzee as an exemplary public servant.

"He was building bridges with all the parties he served in parliament , yet never relinquished his activism nor his determination to transform the Parliament of the Republic of South Africa into an institution that advances the interests of the people," Ramaphosa said.

"We have heard many political parties say that Michael&39;s death is a great loss to the institution he loved. He died with his boots on, working to the last day."

Coetzee started working at Parliament in 2002 as its deputy secretary. He was appointed secretary of Parliament in 2012.