President Jacob Zuma on Thursday, declared a Special Provincial Official Funeral Category 2 for liberation struggle veteran and Robben Island prisoner, Galpin Gilbert Tozamile Matshayana.
Matshayana died on August 28.
“Mr Matshayana, a selfless and dedicated liberation struggle activist and member of the Pan Africanist Congress, would be remembered for his immense contribution he made during the liberation struggle against apartheid regime and in the development of a democratic South Africa,” Zuma said in a statement.
“We wish to convey our heartfelt condolence to Matshayana family, relatives and all in the PAC, our prayers and thoughts are with them in this difficult period. May his soul rest in peace.”
Matshayana played an active role in the underground structures of the Pan Africanist Congress of Azania (PAC), during the struggle against apartheid which led to his arrest and was incarcerated for five years in the Robben Island, the Presidency said. During his time in the prison, Matshayana became a teacher to many political prisoners, irrespective for their affiliation.
The Presidency said that Zuma ordered that the National Flag be flown at half-mast at every flag station in the Eastern Cape province on Friday, the day of the funeral.