Pretoria – President Jacob Zuma has declared a Provincial Official Funeral category two for Dumisani Mafu.
The Presidency said Mafu was a gallant freedom fighter and activist, who played a prominent role in the UMkhonto WeSizwe (MK) military and in the struggle for the liberation of South Africa.
He will be remembered for being a link between MK in Lusaka and the former Transkei homeland Defence Force.
“President Zuma, on behalf of government and all South Africans, has conveyed his heartfelt condolences to the Mafu family.
“The President has ordered that the National Flag at all flag stations in the Eastern Cape Province be flown at half-mast on Saturday, 23 July 2016, the day of the funeral. The provincial government will communicate details of the funeral,” said the Presidency.
There are three main types of funerals in South Africa’s Funeral Policy, which are the State Funeral, Official Funeral and Provincial Official Funeral.
The State Funeral is divided into two categories. State Funeral Category 1 is reserved for the President of the Republic of South Africa, the President-elect of the Republic of South Africa and Former Presidents of the Republic of South Africa.
State Funeral Category 2 is for the Deputy President of the Republic of South Africa; Acting President of the Republic of South Africa and Former/Deputy Presidents of the Republic of South Africa.
The Official Funeral is also divided into two categories, of which Official Funeral Category 1 is for Serving Ministers, Speaker of the National Assembly, Chief Justice of the Republic of South Africa, Chairperson of the National Council of Provinces (NCOP), Premiers of Provinces, distinguished persons specifically designated by the President of the Republic of South Africa.
Official Funeral Category 2 is for the Spouse of a serving President, the Spouse of a serving Deputy President, Deputy Ministers, Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly, Permanent Deputy Chairperson of the National Council of Provinces, Deputy Chief Justice of the Republic of South Africa and The President of the Supreme Court of Appeal.
The Provincial Official Funeral is divided into a Provincial Official Funeral Category 1 which is for the Speaker of the Legislature and Members of the Executive Committee. The Provincial Funeral Category 2 is accorded to the Deputy Speaker of the Legislature.
Distinguished persons can be granted a special Provincial Official Funeral Category. The Premier of a province sends a request to the President for consideration if they feel a resident of the province deserves such recognition.