Mendi Msimang, a former struggle stalwart and member of the African National Congress was laid to rest after he passed at the age of 78. Tributes to Msimang came pouring in as South Africans mourn the loss.
Tributes for a man that was considered a true giant and wonderful person came pouring in after it was made public that he passed away at the age of 78.
Mendi Msimang was an inspiration for those around him and his loss is taken as a great one.
As reported by News24, his funeral was attended by many mourners and the President delivered the eulogy.
The funeral was in Silver Lakes, Pretoria on Saturday, 8 December. Msimang served the ANC as Treasurer-General and High Commissioner in England. He was also a huge fan of the English football club, Manchester United.
Words of sorrow and respect were spoken at the funeral as many came to say goodbye. Minister of Cooperative and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) Zweli Mkhize said Msimang was a loving and generous father.
We now dip our banners in awe as we acknowledge that Mendi Msimang, the Great one, has taken his final rest. A true giant of our struggle has moved on to a better world. He is part of the calibre of leaders that have brought us our freedom and democracy. Thabizolo was highly revered as a person and as a leader who dedicated his entire life in the struggle for the creation of a new order.
President Ramaphosa was also full of praise for the former ANC member:
Those who worked with him remember both fondly and sometimes with frustration how meticulous he was. They recall his commitment to proper syntax and correct spelling and his ability to debate the placement of a comma. Throughout a rich and meaningful life, wherever he found himself, whatever responsibilities he was given, he was bound by a determination to serve others. He had no need for riches. He had no need for recognition.
South Africans took to social media to express their sorrow at the loss of Msimang.
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