Thursday, 23 July 2020 18:49


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President Cyril Ramaphosa has declared a Special Official Funeral Category 1 for Rivonia Trialist and Isithwalandwe/ Seaparankwe Andrew Mokete Mlangeni.

Mlangeni passed away on Wednesday at the age of 95, following an abdominal complaint.

Ramaphosa participated in Mlangeni’s birthday celebration last month in the company of, among other notable guests, President Thabo Mbeki, President Kgalema Motlanthe and Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi.

Mlangeni was awarded Isithwalandwe/Seaparankwe, the highest honour by the African National Congress for those who have made an outstanding contribution to the liberation struggle in 1992 and received the Presidential Order for Meritorious Service: Class 1: Gold from then-President Nelson Mandela in 1999.

" In terms of the Presidential declaration, the National Flag will fly at half-mast from the morning of Friday, 24 July 2020 until the evening of Wednesday, 29 July 2020, the day on which Bab’ Mlangeni will be laid to rest," a statement from the Presidency outlines.

Ramaphosa has offered his condolences to the Mlangeni family as well as the friends, comrades and associates.