KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala attended the funeral services of Amos Ndwalane and Pastor Mhlonishwa Sakhile Langa yesterday.
Ndwalane, a struggle and liberation veteran who narrowly missed the apartheid hangman’s noose, passed away recently after a long illness.
The Special Provincial Official Funeral is an honour granted by the President to distinguished persons on request by the Premier of a province.
“Mr Ndwalane distinguished himself as an outstanding liberation fighter who, under testing conditions, did not bertray the struggle but continued to work with young and old alike towards the total liberation of South Africa. This he did using all available means including mass stayaways, labour and rent strikes, consumer boycotts and military warfare,” said KwaZulu-Natal Premier Mr Sihle Zikalala.
Mr Ndwalane was sentenced to death by the apartheid regime and his sentence was later commuted to 10 years in 1985 by the Appeal Court. Premier Zikalala will deliver the eulogy in honour of Mr Ndwalane.
Premier Zikalala thereafter attended the funeral of Pastor Mhlonishwa Sakhile Langa at Sahara Kings Park stadium. The pastor was killed earlier this week and his death has been seen as a major loss for the community that he served.
Pastor Langa has been hailed as a hero after being shot and killed when he tried to stop a gunman who had robbed a shop in Durban’s South Beach area on Saturday.
Langa, a stakeholder and protocol officer in the Parks, Recreation and Culture Department of eThekwini Municipality, was described on social media platforms as a hero, a people’s person, a man who lived to serve others, and who fought against social ills, including xenophobia.
Friends said he died for what he believed in, as he was chasing a gunman – who had robbed a shop belonging to a foreign national – when he was shot.
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