It is with great sadness that the SABC has lost one of its Group Executive, Mr Sizwe Vilakazi, Head of Legal Services Division, who passed away on Saturday, 4 November 2017.
Welcoming everyone to the Memorial Service, held at M1 Studio in Auckland Park, Deputy Chairperson of the Board, Ms Febe Potgieter-Gqubule expressed her shock at the untimely and brutal death of Sizwe. “On behalf of the SABC, we would like to send our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Sizwe. In our short interaction with him, I learned that Sizwe had a remarkable legal mind. He had a deep commitment to ensure that the SABC overcomes the challenges it is faced with,” she said.
Acting GCEO, Ms Nomsa Philiso told the Vilakazi family that they should be proud of Sizwe as he served the SABC with integrity and honour. "The sorrow that has engulfed this building for the past few days shows how much we loved him. Sizwe had a brilliant mind and respected his job, we were a formidable team that complemented each other. I will miss him dearly,” she stated.
Sharing her account on the time spent with Sizwe, colleague and friend Ms Mathapelo Matsaneng shared that Sizwe was her teacher and motivator, and stated: “In him I saw and learnt what commitment and passion means. Sizwe was inspiring in his thinking, reasoning and doing; he was principled and always stood up for what he believed in. He was instinctive and he always had strategic solutions for legal challenges. He commanded respect because he was dependable, trustworthy and showed up all the time, Sizwe was a born leader!”
His former colleagues and friends outside of the SABC also concurred. The tributes paid to Sizwe had similarities; all the speakers shared the unconditional love he had for his children, family and his job. Indeed the SABC has lost one of its dedicated soldiers… may his soul rest in peace.
By Lebohang Sekete
Picture: Lungelo Mbulwana