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The memorial service for late Chief of the South African Army, Lieutenant General Thabiso Mokhosi, will be held on 17 December, the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has announced.

“Following the untimely passing of the newly-appointed Chief of the South African Army, Lieutenant General Thabiso Collin Mokhosi on Tuesday, 10 December 2019, the South African National Defence Force hereby announces the scheduled memorial service…on Tuesday, 17 December 2019 at the Thaba Tshwane City Hall with the service commencing at 08:30 for 09:00,” the SANDF said.

Lieutenant General Mokhosi will be laid to rest at the Heroes Acres, Zwide Cemetery on Saturday, 21 December after a funeral service that will be held at Nangoza Jebe Hall in New Brighton, Nelson Mandela Bay in the Eastern Cape Province.

At the time of his passing, Mokhosi held the position of Chief of the South African Army with effect from 1 November 2019. Prior to his recent appointment as the Chief of the SA Army, he served as the General Officer Commanding at Joint Operations Headquarters.

The Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, the Deputy Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Thabang Makwetla, the Secretary for Defence, Dr Sam Gulube and the Chief of the SANDF, General Solly Shoke have expressed their heartfelt condolences to Lieutenant General Mokhosi`s family, friends and relatives.

President of the Republic of South Africa and Commander-in-Chief of the South African National Defence Force His Excellency Cyril Ramaphosa has offered his condolences to the family and friends of Lieutenant General Thabiso Mokhosi, Chief of the South African Army, who passed away today, 10 December 2019, in a Pretoria hospital. 

 The President has said the passing of Lieutenant General Mokhosi is a heart wrenching loss to the South African National Defence Force as it comes at a time when his dedicated and exemplary service was needed most. The President has also extended his condolences to the South African Army and the Defence family as a whole.