17 July 2019 | Media Statement
President Cyril Ramaphosa has declared a Special Official Funeral for veteran freedom fighter Ntate Isaac Lesibe “Bra Ike” Maphoto who passed away at the age of 88 on Saturday 13 July 2019.
The President will also deliver the eulogy at Bra Ike’s funeral in Polokwane, Limpopo, on Sunday 21 July 2019. Further details of this occasion will be provided by the bereaved family in the course of the coming days.
In terms of the Presidential declaration, the national flag is to be flown at half-mast throughout the country with immediate effect, until Sunday, 21 July, as the day of the funeral.
The South African National Defence Force will perform ceremonial elements as part of the funeral proceedings.
Bra Ike left South Africa in 1961 and underwent military and political training in Beirut and the former Soviet Union between 1961 and 1963 before joining the senior Luthuli Detachment of uMkhonto weSizwe.
He fought in the Wankie Sipolilo campaign against the South Rhodesian Army (now Zimbabwe) from December 1967. This campaign was an alliance between uMkhonto weSizwe and the Zimbabwe People’s Revolutionary Army to establish infiltration routes for liberation forces.
Bra Ike was captured by South Rhodesian forces in April 1968 and sentenced to death. His imprisonment of more than a decade ended in 1980 when he was released by the government of the newly independent Zimbabwe.
In 2006, the then President Thabo Mbeki conferred the National Order of Luthuli in Silver on Bra Ike for his contribution to the struggle for freedom and democracy. The veteran fighter was similarly honoured by the Department of Military Veterans who presented him with the Order of Gold for bravery in August 2012.
Khusela Diko, Spokesperson to the President – 072 854 5707
Issued by the Presidency of the Republic of South Africa
“I am inspired by people who are doing things for themselves”, Minister Zulu tells community of Athlone
By Susan Chibaya
Minister of Social Development, Lindiwe Zulu, MP, has emphasised the value of investing in women and girls. “The value of investing in women and girls affirms the importance of sexual and reproductive health, including family planning, as a precondition for women empowerment” says Minister Zulu.
Minister Zulu was visiting the Saartjie Baartman Centre for Women and Children, as a precursor to the tabling of the Department of Social Development Budget Vote, earlier today.
When encouraging determination in creating sustainable livelihood, Minister Zulu echoed, “What I saw on the wall here written by one of the women, “I will rise. No matter how many times I fall, I will rise”.
Minister Zulu committed the Department of Social Development, and government as a whole to work closely together with communities to activate economic development. “What people want is to be able to do things for themselves. Social Development is about the well-being of all of us”, added Minister Zulu.
While addressing communities, members of various Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and Faith-based organisation (FBOs) that gathered at the Saartjie Baartman Centre for Women and Children, Minister Zulu also called communities, both men and women to be humane and never give up to support others. She advised communities to support local businesses, and buy products that they develop.