Media Statement

05 December 2018

President declares Special Official Funeral for Mr Mendi Msimang

President Cyril Ramaphosa has declared a Special Official Funeral Category 1 for the late Mr Mendi Msimang, struggle stalwart and former High Commissioner to the United Kingdom.

Mr Msimang, 78, a recipient of the Order for Meritorious Service in Silver, passed away on Monday 3 December 2018 after an extended illness.

President Ramaphosa has declared that the national flag be flown at half-mast with immediate effect until the day of Mr Msimang’s funeral, Saturday, 8 December 2018.

A Special Official Funeral Category 1 entails elements of military ceremonial honours and is declared, in line with the Presidency’s state, official and provincial official funeral policy, for persons of extraordinary credentials specifically designated by the President.

The funeral service for Mr Msimang will take place in Pretoria at a venue to be announced in the course of this week.

President Ramaphosa will deliver the eulogy.

Media enquiries: Khusela Diko, Spokesperson – 072 854 5707

Issued by the Presidency of the Republic of South Africa



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