Official funeral declared for fearless South African human rights and anti apartheid lawyer Ambassador Devikarani Priscilla Sewpal Jana Updated for 2021

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Updated: March 6, 2021

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.

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Ambassador Jana passed away on Saturday, October 10, 2020, at the age of 76.

“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.

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Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on simonateba@todaynewsafrica.com

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