Politician Zola Skweyiya dies

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ANC veteran Zola Skweyiya says today's ANC doesn't fill him with much hope.

ANC veteran Zola Skweyiya says today's ANC doesn't fill him with much hope.

JOHANNESBURG – ANC veteran Zola Skweyiya has passed away on Wednesday morning.

The 75-year-old died in hospital after a short illness.

Skweyiya served as Minister of Public Service and Administration in former president Nelson Mandela’s Cabinet and then as Minister of Social Development during Thabo Mbeki’s administration.

The well-known politician stayed on, despite Mbeki’s recall and subsequent resignation, when then acting president Kgalema Motlanthe took office.

He was also a fierce critic of former president Jacob Zuma.

READ: ANC veteran Zola Skweyiya calls for Zuma&39;s resignation

The veteran politician also served on the African National Congress (ANC)’s highest decision-making body, the National Executive Committee (NEC).

Skweyiya retired as a parliamentarian after the 2009 general elections, citing health reasons.

It is claimed he tried to retire as early as 2004, but was persuaded to stay on in Cabinet.

After leaving Parliament, Skweyiya entered the diplomatic world with his last post being South Africa’s High Commissioner to London.

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