Mahikeng: “Motsomi Senne was a strong minded person, a dependable companion. While many say he did not like mediocrity, I say mediocrity was uncomfortable in the company of Mr Senne”. This is how the North West Provincial Government Director-General Dr Keneilwe Sebego described the late Aubrey Motsomi Senne, who died last week Wednesday in a car accident. Senne was the Deputy Director-General for Administration in the Office of the Premier.
Dr Sebego was speaking at Senne’s memorial service which was held today at the Unibo Chapel, Mahikeng.
She told mourners that Senne was a brave and decisive leader, who took decisions and stood by them.
“The Office of the Premier was looking forward to benefiting a lot from his agility, assertiveness and commitment”, said the sobbing Dr Sebego.
Senne’s supervisee, Ms Dianne Michael, described Senne as a leader who was very passionate about strong work ethics, which he instilled in his colleagues.
“Mr Senne disliked laziness and could not tolerate half-cooked products. He kept everyone on their toes. Since the beginning of the new financial year, his instruction to the team he was leading was simple; that this is the last year we get an unqualified audit opinion as Office of the Premier. He had set this goal for us, and did everything in his power to work towards achieving it”, Michael told the gathering.
Reflecting on Senne’s life, his friend Thabo Mokoena, labeled the late Senne as a progressive intellectual who always wanted evidence to each case presented before him.
“He was smart, meticulous, stubborn and decisive. My friend’s desire was to see the end on injustice and poverty. He cared a lot about others. I truly admired his soulfulness”.
Senne first joined the North West Provincial Government immediately after 1994, and worked for the provincial department of Health before relocating to Gauteng province. His colleagues attributed the department of Health’s success in improving its radiology and ultra-sound services province-wide to Senne’s leadership, innovation and commitment.
Senne was involved in a car accident near Tarlton while driving to Pretoria on an official assignment. He is survived by his wife and two daughters. His funeral service will be held on Saturday, 16 July 2016 at Walter Sisulu Hall in Randburg. The service will start at 09h00.