SANDF chief logistic officer to be buried with full military honours

2015-05-10 16:05

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Durban - President Jacob Zuma announced on Sunday that the SA National Defence Force’s chief logistics officer, who died last week, would be buried with full military honours.

A statement released by the presidency said that Lieutenant General Bongani Isidore Mbatha, 57, will be buried with full military honours on Wednesday.

Mbatha died last Wednesday and his funeral service will be held at the Thaba Tshwane Military Sports Club where Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula will deliver the eulogy on Zuma’s behalf.

"Mbatha was an accomplished soldier, patriot and a distinguished veteran of the liberation struggle. We are still shocked at his untimely passing. We have lost a committed, dedicated, hardworking and highly regarded freedom fighter and soldier," Zuma said in the statement.

"He was a true patriot whose departure leaves a huge vacuum as we work to build a better South Africa for all. We extend our deepest condolences to his family, colleagues, former comrades in Mkhonto weSizwe [MK] and friends."

A former MK veteran, Mbatha was integrated in the army in 1994 and worked his way up to head the army’s chief logistics officer before being appointed the SANDF’s chief logistics officer last year.

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