South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa has attended the funeral service for Richard Maponya, one of the country’s most famous businessmen who died at the age of 99.
The head of the nation has delivered a eulogy paying tribute to Maponya’s talent and praising his role in the liberation of South Africa.
“He loved his country and he loved his people. He was a soldier, not of the battlefield but at the frontline of the struggle for economic emancipation of his people – a struggle that endures to this day,” the president declared.
The funeral was held at the West Park cemetery, the University of Johannesburg’s campus in Soweto.