“In the short time that I knew her, she seemed to be quietly determined to improve education there,” said Schafer.
She conveyed her condolences to Nwedamutswu’s family following her death in a Pretoria hospital on Friday.
The ANC Youth League in Limpopo earlier also sent its condolences to the Nwedamutswu family claiming her unfortunate death had robbed South Africa of one of its finest politicians.
“Her death has shocked all and sundry, but her revolutionary zeal will stand the test of time,” ANCYL co-ordinator Musa Chabane said in a statement.
The education department said Nwedamutswu had been ill, but could not provide further details.
She was chief executive officer of the Independent Development Trust (IDT) and the treasurer of the African National Congress in Limpopo before she was appointed as a MEC.
“This former exile is credited with turning around the IDT into a world class state agency, and there were great signs that she was steering the provincial department of education in the same direction,” said Chabane.