Trevor Manuel's mother dies of Covid-19 a few days after her birthday

Trevor Manuel's mother dies of Covid-19 a few days after her birthday

- The mother of the former Minister of Finance has lost her life to the Covid-19 virus

- Trevor Manuel's mother, Philma Manuel, has died at the age of 94

- Philma raised her son and his siblings as a single mother when her husband died in 1969

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The mother of the former Minister of Finance Trevor Manuel has died of the Covid-19 virus. Philma Manuel turned 94 on Sunday and died a few days later.

A statement released by the ANC in the Western Cape said that Philma was a garment worker who was widowed when her husband died in 1969. At the time, Trevor was only 13.

Philma raised Trevor and his siblings, Pamela, Beryl and Renecia, as a single parent, reported News24.

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ANC Western Cape Coordinator Ronalda Nalumango expressed the party's condolences and solidarity with Trevor and his family.

The ANC in the Western Cape said:

"We salute Mrs Manuel and mothers like her, who gave their children to our struggle. But they went beyond giving their offspring, they also joined and supported them. We will be forever grateful to all the Mrs Manuels of our country."

Businesslive reported that current Minister of Finance Tito Mboweni expressed his condolences to Manuel on the passing of his mother in his closing remarks during the debate on the Appropriation Bill in the National Council of Provinces.

Mrs Manuel is survived by her son and three daughters, 10 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

The funeral service will be held at the Good Shepherd Church, Kensington in Cape Town on Tuesday next week.

In a statement, the family said:

“Due to restrictions on the number of attendees, please follow the funeral via live stream. Details will follow”.

Trevor Manuel is South Africa's longest-serving Minister of Finance. He held the position from 4 April, 1996 to 10 May, 2009.

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