Nomvula Mokonyane. Picture: KOPANO TLAPE/GCIS
Nomvula Mokonyane. Picture: KOPANO TLAPE/GCIS

Serge Mokonyane, the husband of environmental affairs minister Nomvula Mokonyane‚ died on Thursday morning in Johannesburg.

“It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Mr Serge Mokonyane‚ husband to minister of environmental affairs‚ Nomvula Mokonyane‚ at a Johannesburg hospital this morning‚” Mokonyane’s spokesperson Mlimandlela Ndamase said in a brief statement.

He was hospitalised in March. The statement did not say what the cause of death was.

“The minister and family are officially in mourning and humbly request privacy at this moment of grief. The family will, in due course, communicate details pertaining to the funeral and any other memorial events and services.”

The presidency said Mokonyane died following “an extended illness”.

“President [Cyril] Ramaphosa’s thoughts and prayers are with minister Mokonyane‚ her immediate and extended family‚ and friends and associates of Mr Mokonyane.”