President Cyril Ramaphosa has thanked late Ambassador Billy Modise for his contribution to the fight for non-racialism across the globe.

The President was speaking at Modise’s funeral in Marks Park in Johannesburg. A number of local and international dignitaries are attending the funeral.

Modise died last week at the age of 87.

Ramaphosa says, “Comrade Billy Modise brought diverse people together. He was firmly convinced that non-racialism was the only viable, morally defensible response to the divisive and destructive policies of apartheid. His commitment to this cause was matched by his determination that women and men should be free and equal in all areas of life. He fought for a society where gender would never again be a determinant of status, wealth or opportunity.”

The late former Ambassador has been described as nature’s greatest gentleman. Mourners said his attention to detail made him a giant among his colleagues.

Former Presidents Thabo Mbeki and Kgalema Motlanthe were among those who attended the service.

Those who worked with him, leaders and ordinary people alike, say Modise set high standards. And a call to emulate him.

Namibians too say they are indebted to him for having headed their training institute.

Not only was he a political giant, he was also a loving family man.

Modise is laid to rest at West Park cemetery in Johannesburg.