Ex-MK combatant Sango laid to rest

2016-03-10 06:00
 Sango Mapitiza is no more.

Sango Mapitiza is no more.

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ANC in the Western Cape lowered its revolutionary flag in honour of Sango ‘Bernado’ Mapitiza who passed away on February 25 after a long illness.

Mapitiza joined the African National Congress and its military wing, the MK, in 1976. He belonged to the Moncado Detachment as part of the 3rd Generation of the detachment.

As part of the ‘Moncado’ detachment he trained in Southern Angola and underwent military training of the MK in the same year of 1976. He also specialised in MCW (Military Combat Work) as part of the training.

He grew in stature and he became the central cde across the boarder receiving a generation of young lions and the Barney Mulukwana detachment, who came for military training in the ensuing years. In 1979, he survived heavy bombardment in Mozambique from the old SADF through pushing back and retaliating.

He acquired further military training in East Germany, going on to further specialize in politics in Russia.

In 1986 he was a political instructor in the MK. In 1988 he was sent to Tanzania to lead the camp until after the unbanning of the ANC and the release of political prisoners in 1989, he was then repatriated back to South Africa.

Mapitiza rose in the ranks of the MK to its highest rank of Clandestine High Command.

Mapitiza gave his life to the movement and the ANC and the country is forever indebted to his sacrifice in the name of liberty, freedom and prosperity for all.

“We honor him and we send our warm condolences to his family,” said the party spokesman

Mapitiza was buried last Saturday.

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