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Ramaphosa declares special official funerals for three distinguished South Africans who fought for freedom

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President Cyril Ramaphosa has declared special official provincial funerals for three distinguished South Africans who dedicated their lives to the struggle for freedom and democracy in South Africa. 

The three distinguished individuals are Mr Petrus Meyer fondly known as Oom Piet, of the Western Cape, and Ambassador Kgoṧi Mohlamme Piet Mathebe and Mr David Mbulaheni Malada of Limpopo.

A Special Official Provincial Funeral Category 2 entails elements of police ceremonial honors in line with The Presidency’s State, Official and Provincial Official Funeral Policy, for distinguished persons specifically designated by the President of the Republic of South Africa.

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President Ramaphosa has authorised that the National Flag be flown at half-mast at every flag station in the Western Cape and Limpopo provinces on the days of the funeral services.

Mr Meyer held a number of public positions over 40 years including a number of responsibilities in the Western Cape provincial executive committee.  

He also served as a Chief Whip and later Deputy Speaker in the Western Cape legislature. 

He also served as Head of Mission: South Africa Liaison Office in Taipei, Taiwan.

Mr Meyer will be buried on Thursday,  3 September 2020.

Ambassador Kgoṧi Mohlamme Piet Mathebe passed away on 24 August 2020 at the age of 59.

Ambassador Mathebe was a decorated member of the African National Congress (ANC) military wing uMkhonto we Sizwe (MK) and was active in the liberation struggle from the 1970s, spending the better part of his life fighting to free his people from discrimination and oppression.

He underwent military training in Angola and became the first Camp Commander of MK’s Peter Nchabeleng Unit.

Ambassador Mathebe became a Member of Parliament and served on various portfolio committees.

He subsequently served as South Africa’s High Commissioner to Zambia and later served as Special Advisor to the Premier of Limpopo.

Ambassador Mathebe will be buried on Sunday, 30 August 2020.

Mr David Malada, 68, was a decorated member of the uMKhonto weSizwe who received his training in Angola.  He began his distinguished role in the liberation struggle in the 1970s as well and was part of the June 16 Detachment who spent time at the Engineering Camp in Luanda.  

Mr Malada was involved in a number of operations and held several positions including serving as Chief of Intelligence of the Transvaal Rural machinery.  He later became a member of the Amandla cultural group that raised awareness across the world about the atrocities of the apartheid government and raised funds for the movement.

Mr Malada played a pivotal role in the amalgamation of the former bantustans and the Transvaal Provincial Administration to form the Limpopo Provincial Administration.

At the time of his passing, Mr Malada was a member of the Executive Committee of the Vhembe District Municipality.  

Mr Malada will be buried on Saturday, 29 August 2020 in Makode Tshipidani Prasinini in Sibasa, Limpopo province.

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