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MEC Ntuli, Ukhozi’s Nzimande to receive category 1 official funerals - Ramaphosa

This follows a request by the KwaZulu-Natal provincial government.

FILE: KwaZulu-Natal Transport, Community Safety and Liaison MEC Bheki Ntuli. Picture: @KZNTransport/Twitter.

DURBAN - President Cyril Ramaphosa has on Tuesday declared category one official funerals for the late KwaZulu-Natal Transport Community Safety and Liaison MEC Bheki Ntuli as well as renowned broadcaster and former Ukhozi FM station manager Welcome Nzimande.

This follows a request by the KwaZulu-Natal provincial government.

READ MORE: KZN MEC Bheki Ntuli succumbs to COVID-19

Nzimande passed away on Friday while Ntuli died in a Durban hospital on Saturday.

Both had been diagnosed with COVID-19.

KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala has described the late Nzimande and Ntuli as outstanding patriots who played a sterling role in advancing the lives of the people of that province.

ALSO READ: Zikalala praises the late Ntuli as 'a champion for the poor'

Zikalala has expressed gratitude for the messages of support that have been received since the deaths of Nzimande and Ntuli became public.

Nzimande is expected to be buried on Wednesday at his home village of ePhatheni in Richmond, in the KZN Midlands.

Ntuli will be laid to rest on Thursday at his Empangeni home on the KZN north coast.

The KZN provincial government has discouraged people from physically attending the funeral services, saying the proceedings would be streamed live on their official social media platforms.

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