Lieutenant General Norman Yengeni, who heads the Department of Defence Human Resources was proudly honoured with a reputable Mandela Silver Medal before he retires later this year.
The 60-year-old stood out among army members who distinguished themselves in their quest to ensure South Africans were safe.
The medal was conferred on him by Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Vusi Masondo on behalf of Chief of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), who made a day of appreciating his troops at a parade at the Armscor Sportsground in Erasmuskloof, Pretoria.
Other medals conferred ranged from 30, 40 and 50 years of service to the recipients who distinguished themselves in various capacities when discharging their uninterrupted service during which they ensured that people were safe and felt safe.
The purpose of the event was to acknowledge members for their tireless contribution and dedication in serving the country.
An elated Yengeni said: “ I got this medal because I participated in Nelson Mandela’s funeral, burial, planning of the funeral and finally the execution of the funeral.”
“It is an honour to have given that service to Nelson Mandela, he is an icon of this country so being given this medal is a great honour,” he told the Pretoria News