Ramaphosa has declared a period of mourning with immediate effect and ordered that the national flag be flown at halfmast countrywide and at South African diplomatic missions abroad.
Aged 61‚ Molewa was a member of the ANC’s national executive committee (NEC) as well as the ANC Women’s League national working committee.
On April 30 2004 she became the first female premier of the North West provincial government‚ a post she filled until 2009.
Molewa was also the first and remains the only female to ever become the provincial chairperson of the ANC and in 1994 she became the first female to be chairperson of the portfolio committee on trade and industry.
Before being appointed minister of water and environmental affairs in 2010‚ among other government accolades‚ she served as MEC for social development. At national government level‚ Molewa briefly served as minister of social development in 2009‚ but in 2010 became the minister of water and environmental affairs after a cabinet reshuffle‚ replacing Buyelwa Sonjica.