The brother of the late former Umkhonto WeSizwe Military Veterans, MKMVA, Kebby Maphatsoe has described his death as a loss to the nation. Thabo Maphatsoe says the nation has lost a great leader in him as he stood for what was best for the people of this country.

Maphatsoe, who was also the former Deputy Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, died at his home in Johannesburg. Maphatsoe was speaking at the memorial service of the late struggle icon in Soweto.

“My Rangwana had a way of making everyone know that they are special and have a special place in his heart. You’re were tirelessly giving everyone and everything your best part. It’s been years, yet this explosion of pride in my chest when I look at you will never depart. Indeed heaven has blessed the earth with you.”

Suspended African National Congress (ANC) Secretary-General, Ace Magashule says there is a lot to learn from the likes of the late struggle icon, Maphatsoe.

Magashule visited his home on Friday to pay his last respect. He says the party will forever cherish the moments it had with Maphatsoe.

“It’s what was the cry during the years of struggle, life or death, victory is certain. He always said noma kanjani, the man behind the gun is the most important one. So that is why you see the family of the ANC uniting in giving this man a well-deserved farewell. And I am sure we just here as members, leaders, individuals, and as part of South Africans.”

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