The Special Official funeral of National Poet Laureate and struggle icon, Keorapetse Kgositsile is underway.

The funeral service is taking place at Marks Park in Emmerentia and he will be buried in the West Park Cemetry.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to deliver the eulogy of the celebrated professor.

The 79-year-old died earlier this month after a long illness.