Deputy mineral resources and energy minister Bavelile Hlongwa is reportedly dead following a car accident on the N1 from Polokwane on Friday.
The late Bavelile Hlongwa who is thirty-eight (38) years was given the said postion this year 2019. Before her appointment to Cabinet, Hlongwa was the executive deputy chairperson of the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA).
The President of South Africa, President Cyril Ramaphosa is sad and has expressed his condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of Hlongwa in a statement on Saturday. The president as a matter of fact extended his condolences to extra four victims of the accident who equally lost their lives.
“The death of deputy minister Hlongwa is a devastating, untimely loss of a talented young leader, who, alongside minister Gwede Mantashe, was playing an important and dynamic role in an important sector of our economy,” said Ramaphosa.
Ramaphosa confirmed that Hlongwa would be afforded a category 2 official funeral in line with the government’s state, official and provincial funeral policy.
South African President also directed that the national flag fly at half-mast at every flag station in the country until Hlongwa is laid to rest.
Taking to Twitter, Gauteng ANC passed on a brief message of condolences, confirming the news of Hlongwa’s death, tweeting: “Death be not proud … We dip our head in mourning the tragic passing on of Comrade Bavelile Hlongwa who was killed together with two other people in a major crash on the N1 highway last night …”
Attempts to reach the spokespersons for the department were unsuccessful at the time of publication.
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