Johannesburg - President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday declared a special official funeral for veteran freedom fighter Ntate Isaac Lesibe “Bra Ike” Maphoto, the Presidency said.
Maphotho died at the age of 88 on Saturday. Ramaphosa will deliver the eulogy at Bra Ike’s funeral in Polokwane, Limpopo, on Sunday.
"Further details of this occasion will be provided by the bereaved family in the course of the coming days. The national flag is to be flown at half-mast throughout the country with immediate effect, until Sunday as the day of the funeral," the Presidency said.
"The South African National Defence Force will perform ceremonial elements as part of the funeral proceedings."
Bra Ike left South Africa in 1961 and underwent military and political training in Beirut and the former Soviet Union between 1961 and 1963 before joining the senior Luthuli Detachment of uMkhonto weSizwe.