Zuma Okays Special Provincial Funeral For KZN Struggle Icon


KwaZulu-Natal anti-apartheid activist Rev. Prof Bonganjalo Claude Goba will be accorded a Special Provincial Official Funeral, says President Jacob Zuma.

Zuma also instructed provincial authorities to fly the National Flag at half-mast during Prof Goba’s funeral. This category of funeral is designated by the President of the Republic of South Africa for distinguished persons.

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Other individuals under same Official Funeral category include Serving Ministers, Speaker of the National Assembly, Chief Justice of the Republic of South Africa, Chairperson of the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) and Premiers of Provinces.

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.

Rev. Prof Bonganjalo Claude Gabo’s Legacies

The late anti-apartheid activist and liberation theologian served in the higher education sector as a lecturer, professor, Dean and Vice-Chancellor. He also played important roles over the merger of tertiary institutions in the late 90s.

Remarkably, he was the brain behind the successful amalgamation of M.L Sultan Technikon and Natal Technikon – which later became the Durban University of Technology.

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Goba, South Africa’s internationally acclaimed clergymen of the United Congregational Church of Southern Africa (UCCSA) also taught theology both in South Africa and in the United States of America where he lived for many years as a self-exiled anti-apartheid activist.

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President Zuma once again extended his deepest condolences to the family of Rev. Prof Bonganjalo Claude Goba, his relatives, friends and the academic community on his demise.

Meanwhile, details of the funeral will soon be communicated by the KZN provincial government.