JOHANNESBURG - President Cyril Ramaphosa has approved a request by Eastern Cape Premier Phumulo Masualle to accord the late ANC and MK veteran Joe Tshayingwe Ngalo, a Provincial Official Funeral Category 2.
Ngalo passed away on 7 March after a short illness. He will be laid to rest on Friday.
Provincial Government spokesperson Sonwabo Mbananga said the national flag will fly at half-mast at every flag station in the province on the day of the funeral.
The late struggle icon joined the liberation struggle at a tender age and soon became one of the most trusted operatives transmitting highly sensitive information between Port Elizabeth and rural communities in the former Ciskei.
He was exiled in 1963, where he trained at Odessa, in the then Soviet Union (now Russia). He returned to Africa to adapt his training at Kongwa Camp in Tanzania.