Kebby Maphatsoe, former Deputy Minister of Military Veterans, speaks at the reburial of the remains of former Umkhonto we Sizwe soldier Sechaba Lesimola, who was killed in the line of duty.
Kebby Maphatsoe’s funeral service will take place at the GOG Recreational Centre in Protea Glen, Soweto, later on Sunday morning. He was a former president of the Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans’ Association and former president of the Umkhonto we Sizwe Veterans’ Association.
Maphatsoe fled to exile and underwent military training in Angola and the Soviet Union in order to fight as a member of the MK combatant group.
He spent many years in Uganda before returning to his home country.
Between 2014 and 2019, the former MKMVA president served as Deputy Defence and Military Veterans Minister, and at the time of his death, he was an ANC Member of Parliament and whip in the Arts and Culture study group in Parliament, among other positions.
Earlier in his tribute, Deputy President David Mabuza stated that Maphatsoe’s life is one that should be celebrated and remembered.
Deputy President Mabuza pays a visit to the Mapatsoes’ residence:
The funeral’s brief schedule includes former President Jacob Zuma, who is expected to pay tribute, as well as ANC Chairperson Gwede Mantashe, who will deliver the eulogy, among other things.
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The pastor who was ordained one hot summer weekend deep in the North West’s rural hinterlands in a place called Motlollo, where the Saint Johns Church makes an annual pilgrimage during the Easter season, comes to mind.
It was so bad that day that former North West premier Supra Mahumapelo, who was in town to meet with Maphatsoe, promised the congregation that government would soon construct a proper road to the church, which was located a few kilometres from the Botswana border near the famous Molatedi Dam.
Kebby Maphatsoe, the president of the now-disbanded Umkhonto WeSizwe Military Veterans’ Association, has died. He was 89 years old.
Maphatsoe passed away on Tuesday afternoon, according to the association’s spokesperson Carl Niehaus, who confirmed the news to POWER News.
He was unable to provide any additional information about the circumstances surrounding his death.
“At this time, it is not possible to disclose the circumstances surrounding his death. We are currently in discussion with his family, and it is clear that everyone is in shock and disbelief,’ says the team. Niehaus expresses himself.
From 2014 to 2019, Maphatsoe held the position of Deputy Minister of Defence.
In his previous life, he was a member of the Congress of South African Students, Soweto Youth Congress, and South African Youth Congress, among other organizations.