The Gauteng MEC for Community Safety, Faith Mazibuko has learned with sadness about the passing away of the Department of Community Safety Acting Head of Department Mr. Sipho Thanjekwayo on the 29th July 2021, who met his untimely death on Wednesday 28th July 2021. His death is due to the Covid-19 related complications.
Mr. Thanjekwayo resumed his role of Acting HOD in April 2020 and prior to becoming Acting HOD, occupied the position of Chief Director Corporate Services. He was one of the long servicing members of the Department of Community and Safety, having occupied various roles in the past . His responsibility involves mobilizing communities to participate in the fight against crime and violence against women , children and other vulnerable people. This has been seen by his successful investigation and sentencing of Keneilwe Pule’s murder. Again during the emergence of covid-19 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.
Furthermore he established the Covid-19 Compliance Work streams on behalf of the Gauteng Provincial Command Council. MEC Mazibuko outlined that they are shuttered by death of Mr. Thanjekwayo and his passing away is a great loss for the Gauteng Provincial Government. She says he was self-less in bettering the lives of the people of Gauteng and he 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 MEC Mazibuko
Minister Mazibuko sent their heartfelt condolences to his wife Tiego, their children and his colleagues. “May his soul rest in peace.” she added.