President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday declared the funeral of the late South African Human Rights Commission Deputy Chairperson, Ambassador Devikarani Priscilla Sewpal Jana, as a Special Provincial Official, Category Two.
“President Ramaphosa has also authorised that the National Flag be flown at half-mast at every flag station in the Gauteng Province on the day of her funeral service,” the presidency said in a statement received by Today News Africa in Washington D.C.
Ambassador Jana passed away on Saturday, October 10, 2020, at the age of 76.
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“Ambassador Jana was an outstanding and fearless human rights lawyer who devoted her practice to fighting the apartheid regime, defending a broad range of struggle leaders and asserting the rights of marginalised South Africans.
“Ambassador Jana was a former Member of Parliament and South African Ambassador to the Netherlands and Ireland,” the presidency said.