Related News
Media release by Department of Defence: Testing of the Chief of the SANDF reaction capability .
Media advisory by the Department Of Defence: Movement of SANDF vehicles and troops participating in Exercise Young Eagle
The International Military Sport Council (CISM) Day Run: 09 March 2012
More
 

SANDF SENDS THE REMAINS OF THE MALAWI PRESIDENT HOME

08 April 2012
By: Kgabo Mashamaite
Photos: : Cpl Itumeleng Makhubela

The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) as directed by the National Government, held a short ceremony to bid farewell and to transport the remains of the late Malawi President Dr Bingu wa Mutharika on 14 April 2012 at 1 Military Hospital, Thaba Tshwane.

Delivering his moving sermon based on John Chapter 16before the family members, the Malawian Consular General and staff members, Chaplain Gen Jamangile urged the mourners to accept the situation just for a temporary moment.

“Lets accept the sadness that befell us for a moment, as the sadness will soon turn into gladness. Weeping is only temporary because people who are sad are not only the family of the deceased or the people of the Republic of Malawi but that of South Africa and the continent as a whole. Let us send the deceased home with sad hearts but be assured that one day, our hearts will be filled with happiness. May God bless Africa and dry its tears.” The Chaplain General said as he leads the coffin out of the chapel.

Dr wa Mutharika passed away last week following a short illness at 1 Military Hospital where he was seeking a medical treatment.

The ceremony was held in accordance with his stature as a State President and was attended by among others, the Secretary For Defence Dr Sam Gulube, Chief Corporate Staff Lt Gen Vijaynand Ramlakan, other SANDF Senior Officers, three Master Chief Warrant Officer of the SANDF and Senior Chief Warrant Officers from all Arms of Services and Divisions who acted as bearers. The pall bearers were Maj Generals from SA Army, SA Air Force and the SA Military Health Services. The coffin was then transported to the AFB Waterkloof where it was received by the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Ms Lindiwe Sisulu with other government dignitaries. The family members of the late president will then accompany his remains to the place of birth.

A portrait photo of the late Dr Bingu wa Mutharika who passed away last week following a short illness at 1 Military Hospital.

The Chaplain Gen (Rev) Andrew Jamangile leads the coffin to the hearse from the 1 Military Hospital Chapel to be transported to the AFB Waterkloof after a short ceremony on 14 April 2012.

The Secretary For Defence Dr Sam Gulube and the Chief Corporate Staff Lt Gen Vijaynand Ramlakan were among the dignitaries who attended the sending off of the late Dr Bingu wa Mutharika ceremony in accordance with his stature as a State President at the 1 Military Hospital Chapel on 14 April 2012.

The Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Ms Lindiwe Sisulu, Secretary for Defence Dr Sam Gulube, Minister of Health Dr Aaron Motsoaledi and Ms Callista wa Mutharika, the widow of the deceased president of the Republic of Malawi and some of their government delegates received the coffin of the late Dr Bingu wa Mutharika on 14 April 2012 at the AFB Waterkloof to be transported to his country of birth.