Memorial service for Limpopo MEC

Wednesday, August 12, 2009
By: 
Nthambeleni Gabara

Polokwane - A memorial service to celebrate the life of Limpopo MEC for Public Works, Pandelani Ramagoma, will be held at the Jack Botes Hall in Polokwane on Thursday. 

Limpopo Provincial Government Spokesperson, Mogale Nchabeleng, told BuaNews the memorial service, which will offer words of comfort to all as well as to honour the deceased, will start at midday.

According to Mr Nchabeleng, Mr Ramagoma will be buried at his home village, Vondwe, outside Thohoyandou in Limpopo on Saturday. He said the funeral service will start at 7am. 

Mr Ramagoma died in a road accident on Monday morning, along the N1 road between Makhado and Polokwane.

According to Police Superintendent Ronel Otto, Mr Ramagoma's driver was also killed when he lost control of the vehicle on his way to Polokwane.

Mr Ramagoma was flung out of the car before it burst into flames. "The MEC was flung from the vehicle after the vehicle crashed into the barrier - it burst into flames. The driver was trapped in the vehicle and both died on the scene."

On Tuesday, Limpopo Premier Cassel Mathale said Mr Ramagoma's death had left a void too difficult to be filled.

"We have learnt with a deep sense of sadness and shock about the untimely departure of the MEC for Public Works, Pandelani Ramagoma. He has indeed left a huge void too difficult to fill.

"On behalf of the people of Limpopo, the provincial government and my own behalf I extend sincere words of condolences to the Ramagoma family, the entire liberation movement and friends alike. 

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the Ramagoma family during this time of bereavement," he said.

The MEC is survived by his wife and five children. 

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