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ANC mourns the passing of Maj General Petane

26 September 2017

The African National Congress dips its revolutionary banner in honour of Major General Mxolisi Edward Petane following his passing. A fearless freedom fighter, peacemaker and reconciler Maj Gen Petane passed on at the age of 59.

After joining the ANC and in 1976, its armed wing, uMkhonto we Sizwe, Maj Gen Petane was one of the first recruits from Cape Town who left the country to exile. He received his basic military training in Nova Katenga Angola and further his training in the Soviet Union, specializing in Engineering.

He participated in various MK operations inside the country until his capture in 1986. A dedicated and astute commissar, between 1983 and 1985, he served as the Political Commissar Botswana and between 1985 and 1986, he served as the Political Commissar Western Cape, South Africa.

Major Gen Petane was arrested in 1986 and sentenced to 17 years on Robben Island (Prisoner 43/9821) in 1987.

Upon his release, he was elected to the Regional Executive Committee of the ANC in the Western Cape and served in this committee from 1991 until 1993. Following the first democratic elections, Maj Gen Petane was integrated into the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) in 1994 where he continue to served the nation until his retirement.

In the SANDF, he served as Commandant of the South African Army College and Director Planning at the joint support division. Maj Gen Petane played a pivotal role in restoring our diplomatic relations with Angola and spearheaded the formation of SADC Defence Inspectorate Working Group.

He served as the Inspector General at the Department of Defence from January 2005 until March this year, 2017.

A committed cadre of the movement is no more.

The African National Congress sends its heartfelt condolences to Major General Petane's family and comrades. May his revolutionary soul rest in peace

Hamba Kahle Mkhonto!

Issued by the African National Congress

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