Special official funeral for Prof Goba

President Jacob Zuma has declared a Special Provincial Official Funeral for the late anti-apartheid activist and liberation theologian, Reverend Prof Bonganjalo Claude Goba, of the United Congregational Church of Southern Africa (UCCSA).

This category of a funeral is designated by the President of the Republic of South Africa for distinguished persons.

The President has instructed that the National Flag be flown at half-mast in KwaZulu-Natal on the day of his funeral.

Reverend Professor Goba will be remembered, amongst others, for his contribution in the higher education sector during the struggle against apartheid as one of the signatories of the historical ‘Kairos Document’, a historical theological document that declared apartheid as heresy and provided a counter to and convincing theological argument against apartheid theology, the Presidency said.

The former UCCSA chairperson also served as Vice-Chancellor of the Durban University of Technology and has taught theology both in South Africa and in the United States of America, where he resided for many years as a self-exiled anti-apartheid activist.

Prof Bonganjalo Goba served in the higher education sector as lecturer, professor, Dean and Vice-Chancellor.

He also presided over the merger of tertiary institutions in the late 90s. He successfully brought together M.L Sultan Technikon and Natal Technikon to form the Durban University of Technology.

President Zuma has also extended his deepest condolences to the Goba family, relatives, friends and academic community on this sad loss.

The details of the funeral will be communicated by the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Government.

Source: South African Government News Agency