Pretoria - Speakers at the memorial service of the late Deputy Health Minister, Dr Molefi Sefularo, described him as a man of integrity and a great thinker.
Sefularo was killed in a car crash on Monday on the N4 between Hartbeespoortdam and Pretoria.
Speaking on behalf of government, Home Affairs Minister, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, said the passing of Dr Sefularo was a great loss for the country.
"It was the saddest moment for his family and for all of us. He had lived his life to the fullest. He committed his life to the struggle for peace and freedom," she said.
Tshwane Executive Mayor, Gwen Ramokgopa, described Sefularo as a man who stood for democracy.
"We will continue to build on the foundation he has left for the sake of our democracy. He fought for justice on behalf of the vulnerable," she said.
He was also described as humble man who worked tirelessly to ensure change in the country's health system.
Prior to his appointment as Deputy Health Minister, Sefularo was North West MEC for Health.
Sefularo will be accorded an official funeral service and will be laid to rest on Saturday at the Medunsa Sports Centre in Ga-Rankuwa in the North West province.
The memorial service was attended by Ministers, Deputy Ministers, MECs, politicians from various political parties and members of the public.