I salute deputy mineral resources and energy minister Bavelile Hlongwa, who died while helping others.

The country has lost a hero and brave woman who wanted to help a motorist whose vehicle had overturned on the N1 at Maubane in Limpopo.

We are shattered by this devastating news.

I had the honour of listening to Hlongwa’s speech at a Women’s Day event, and she truly was a superwoman.

I’m worried because the country continues losing people we expected much from.

Losing this vibrant, honest and outspoken young woman, a gender activist, is a difficult pill to swallow.

It is so sad to lose a young life with a promising future. We did not just lose the minister – we lost a paramedic, too.

It is too much to bear, but it’s history and there is nothing we can do about it. Road safety should be taken seriously on the roads.

It is so tragic as we travel on the roads and experience horrific bad driving on a daily bassis.

Joburg and Ekurhuleni Metro police regularly ignore traffic violations, seeming to prefer sitting in their vehicles instead of doing their duty.

The death of the minister is heart-breaking and a big loss for both her family and the nation.

  • Norman Maake, Tembisa