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SA ambassador to Algeria Billy Masetlha has Passed Away

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Johannesburg - South African ambassador to Algeria Billy Masetlha has passed away at the age of 68.

Johannesburg – South African ambassador to Algeria Billy Masetlha has passed away at the age of 68.

Masetlha passed away today after a long illness, according to the Department of International Relations and Cooperation.

Before being fired by South African President Thabo Mbeki in 2006, Masetlha was the head of the South African National Intelligence Agency.

He was active in the anti-apartheid movement and a member of Umkhonto We Sizwe.

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The African National Congress (ANC) has hailed Masetlha as a “true patriot and activist” who gave his entire life to the cause of humanity.

“He was always ready to execute any mission he was given by the ANC and always prepared to pay with his life as part of the price of advancing the cause of freedom. He did all these things with no expectation of personal gain, material advancement, fame or personal glory. condolences to the Masetlha family”, ANC in a Statement.

“He has also served as member of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the ANC. At the time of his passing he was serving as South Africa’s High Commissioner to Algeria and Western Sahara, a role which he relished as conduit for decolonisation of Western Sahara.”

“Comrade Billy resented inequality, injustice and racism with passion. The ANC will treasure his contribution as one of our most distinguished sons who consciously chose to fight a cruel and inhumane system.”

 

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