Zuma declares official Gauteng funeral for Reggie Vandeyar

2015-09-18 22:31
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Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma has declared a Special Provincial Official Funeral for the late struggle stalwart Reggie Vandeyar, the Presidency said on Friday. 

Vandeyar died on Thursday at the age of 84. 

"Mr Vandeyar was an active delegate to the Congress of the People that established the Freedom Charter in 1955 in Kliptown, and was amongst the first three members of Indian origin to be arrested for MK [Umkhonto we Sizwe] activities in the then Transvaal. They were sentenced to ten years each and were transferred to Robben Island," the presidency said in a statement. 

Last year, Zuma awarded Vandeyar a National Order of Mendi for Bravery "for his remarkable bravery during the struggle against apartheid and for striving for a free and democratic South Africa".

Zuma instructed that the national flag fly at half-mast in Gauteng on Sunday, the day of Vandeyar's funeral. 

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