Flags At Half-Mast; State Funeral For Poet Keorapetse Kgositsile

South Africa is pulling out all the stops to honour the late poet laureate and political activist.

President Jacob Zuma announced a special official funeral for the late poet laureate Professor William Keorapetse Kgositsile, who died on Wednesday.

Zuma's spokesperson, Dr Bongani Ngqulunga, said the veteran activist and poet would receive an official funeral, which is specifically designated by the president for distinguished people.

"Professor Kgositsile was inaugurated in 2006 as South Africa's second national poet laureate, after [the passing of] the first national poet laureate, Professor Mazisi Kunene. He was also a recipient of the National Order of Ikhamanga for his contribution to the field of literature," Ngqulunga said. "The president has once again expressed his deep condolences to the family of Professor Kgositsile."

Ngqulunga said deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa would deliver the eulogy at the funeral, which will be held on January 16.

Zuma has also ordered that the national flag be flown at half-mast at every flag station in the country.


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