ANC Western Cape to hold a Memorial Service for comrade Zola Skweyiya

ANC Western Cape to hold a Memorial Service for comrade Zola Skweyiya

17 April 2018

ANC Western Cape will hold a memorial service for Comrade Zola Sweyiya on Thursday, 19 April at Luyolo Community Centre in Gugulethu, Cape Town.

Comrade Sweyiya was born in Simon's Town, Western Cape in 1942. His political activity began then when he involved himself in protest against changes to Bantu Education whilst completing his high school in Alice at the Lovedale College. After high school he attended Fort Hare University and became active with the ANC. When the ANC declared the beginnings of the armed struggle in 1961, he became part of our armed wing, Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK). He later left South Africa in 1963, joining the ANC in exile in Tanzania and Zambia.

Comrade Skweyiya furthered his education in East Germany from 1969 where he studied law and obtained a PHD.

Comrade Sweyiya was the ANC's representative at the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) unitl 1985 before being recalled to Lusaka to set up the ANC's Legal and Constitutional Department. In 1986, he was deputy chair of the ANC's constitutional committee with members such as Jack Simons, Kader Asmal and Albie Sachs. This committee would develop the ANC constitutional guidelines that would eventually be used after the ANC's unbanning in 1990.

On his return from exile in 1990, he directed ANC's Department of Legal and Constitutional Affairs.

Skweyiya was first elected to Parliament in 1994, and he joined the Cabinet as Minister of Public Service and Administration in the same year. He was moved to the position of Minister of Social Development under President Thabo Mbeki in 1999. After 15 years in the Cabinet and Parliament, his retirement from both was announced on 6 May 2009, following the April 2009 general election.

He was appointed by President Jacob Zuma as the South African High Commissioner to the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland in September 2009.

Comrade Skweyiya passed on at a Pretoria hospital on 11 April 2018 at the age of 75. He leaves behind his second wife, Thuthukile and two stepchildren, and a son from his first marriage.

Hamba Kahle Mkhonto

ANC Western Cape Memorial Service of Zola Skweyiya
Venue: Luyolo Community Centre, Gugulethu
Date: 19 April 2018
Time: 17h00

Key Note Speaker will be Comrade Brigitte Sylvia Mabandla - Former Minister of justice and constitutional development
Issued by ANC Western Cape

Faiez Jacobs
Provincial Secretary

Yonela Diko