Ekurhuleni executive mayor, Mzwandile Masina has described former president of the uMkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans’ Association, Kebby Maphatsoe as someone who has made a significant contribution to nation-building.

Masina was speaking at Maphatsoe’s funeral service at the G.O.G. Recreational Centre in Protea Glen, Soweto.

Maphatsoe died at his home in Meyersdal near Alberton in Johannesburg less than a week ago of what the family says was cardiac arrest. He served as deputy minister between 2014 and 2019 and was a member of the ANC NEC until December 2017.

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Maphatsoe went in exile and received military training in Angola and the Soviet Union as an MK combatant and lived in Uganda for many years before he returned home.

Delivering the eulogy, Masina said Maphatsoe always put the interest of the country before his own.

Some of the wishes the late Maphatsoe made before he passed on have been granted. Before his last breath, Maphatsoe asked to be recorded and gave some of the names of people he would want to speak at his funeral.

He asked that ANC Chairperson Gwede and Ayanda Dlodlo should speak at his funeral.

Mantashe had been nominated by the ANC to represent the governing party.

Kebby Maphatsoe’s funeral: