As tributes continue to pour in to the Molewa and Sethema families, the South African National Parks (SANParks) also held its memorial service in remembrance of Dr Bomo Edna Molewa, the former Environmental Affairs Minister at the Nombolo Mdhluli Conference Centre in the Kruger National Park’s headquarters on Monday, October 1st.
Dr Molewa’s death came as shocking news to many people, particularly those who were very close to her, including her family, close friends, colleagues both on the political front as well as in the Kruger National Park. She passed on shortly after being hospitalised for what’s considered a short illness following her visit to China on Thursday, the 27th of September 2018.
Her life represented hard work, humility and dedication. Those were the words of Chief Mokoena, who also said; “On behalf of all traditional leaders, we are saddened by the loss of our Minister. She was the only minister who deemed it fit that as traditional leaders we become part of the fight against rhino poaching. We are actively participating in this park in the fight against poaching, and that’s all because of Dr Molewa’s efforts. We are very proud because she served our country with distinction.”
“Mama was a soldier, from the days of Umkhonto Wesizwe until her last day. I was the first to go and see her after she passed on, and I couldn’t cry but admit that she had finally rested because she was a very hard working woman, even during holidays in December she would still take her laptop out to work. I look up to that woman! Knowing her was an honour, but being able to call her my mother was beyond what words can ever explain. She has served her purpose, and as a family we’ll forever be grateful for her meaningful contribution in our country. As Christians we’re comforted that we will see her again soon, it is well with my soul,” said Molewa’s daughter, Didi Sethema.
“I proposed to have the memorial service held here today because Kruger was Dr Molewa’s second home. She was a great woman who led from the front, very energetic and understood the whole agenda of environmental issues, that’s why she lives a good legacy.” SANParks CEO Fundisile Mketeni said.
“The environment agenda in this country was in good hands. She was for sustainability, and everything she touched; she wanted it to succeed. This is why when we were finalising the new vision for Kruger, her plan was to take the plan and discuss it with the premiers of Limpopo and Mpumalanga. She always wanted to lead from the front, and we will do so to honour her.” He added.
She was born on the 23rd of March 1963, and will be laid to rest on Saturday, the 6th of October in Pretoria.