Article by: Dumisane Dube
The Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) has confirmed the passing of struggle veteran Kebby Maphatsoe.
The veteran association says the president of the MKMVA and former Defence Minister, died on Tuesday.
In a media statement, MKMVA spokesperson Carl Niehaus said they are saddened by the news.
“President Maphatsoe was instrumental in the formation of MKMVA, and led it with dedication and distinction. Comrade Maphatsoe played a pivotal role in the establishment of the Department of Military Veterans (DMV) and the South African National Military Veterans Association (SANMVA).
“During the period that he was Deputy Minister of Defence, he worked with dedication for the cause of the improvement of the plight of military veterans, and specifically MK military veterans. He leaves a deep void, and a great legacy,” read Niehaus’ statement.
Niehaus says Comrade Kebby played a critical role in the formation of MKMVA.
“Comrade Kebby dedicated has dedicated his whole adult life to the liberation struggle, to the African National Congress and to Umkhonto we Sizwe and he played a critical and a leading role in the formation of Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association. He carried, in his east and in his soul, the liberation struggle and especially his love for his fellow members of Umkhonto we Sizwe. All of us know the love that comrade Kebby had.” Added Niehaus.
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