Senior Gauteng official succumbs to COVID-19

AFRICAN MIRROR REPORTER

FAITH Mazibuko, the Gauteng MEC for Community Safety, has paid tribute to Sipho Thanjekwayo, the acting head of her department, who has passed on due to COVID-19 related complications. 

“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.

She said Thanjekwayo assumed his role of acting head of department in April 2020, a time when South Africa and the world had just learned of the existence of the Covid-19 virus. 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. 

Mazibuko said Thanjekwayo, prior to becoming acting head of department, occupied the position of Chief Director Corporate Services. He was one of the long-serving 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. 

“We send our heartfelt condolences to his wife Tiego, their children, his family, his friends and his colleagues. May his soul rest in peace,” added Mazibuko.

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