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ANC`s tribute to MK veteran Peter Lesego Tshikare

ANC`s tribute to MK veteran Peter Lesego Tshikare

3 December 2008

The African National Congress (ANC) is saddened by the passing away of former Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK) commander and former South African National Defence Force (SANDF) Major General, Peter Lesego Tshikare, who died this week at his Walkerville home on the Vaal.

Commonly known in MK as "Comrade Peter Boroko", Tshikare died after a short illness. Born in Johannesburg on 23 November 1933, comrade Tshikare joined MK in 1963 shortly after the formation of the ANC`s liberation army.

A contemporary of the late Joe Modise and Alfred Nzo, Tshikare who left South Africa in the 1960s, received military training at Odessa in the then USSR where he qualified as Company Commander. In 1966 he completed his security and intelligence studies in the USSR before being deployed to Tanzania.

In 1970 he returned to Moscow to complete an advance course in security and intelligence before returning to Lusaka where he assumed duties as ANC Intelligence Officer under the command of the late Mzwai Piliso.

Posted to Angola in 1976, Tshikare was part of a team to negotiate with the Angolan government to establish MK camps in that country. He returned to Lusaka the following year to assume the position of Chief of Intelligence for the regions of South Africa, Botswana, Swaziland and Lesotho.

In 1982 he was appointed Deputy Chief of Intelligence. He completed a Diplomatic course in the then German Democratic Republic in 1989 before serving as Chief Representative in Egypt until 1992.

He returned to South Africa in 1993 after being exiled for 32 years. In 1994 he was appointed Major General and served in the Military Intelligence in the SANDF before retiring in January 1998. He was then appointed Director of Dewina Africa (Pty) Ltd in 1998 and in the following year served as Director at Armscor.

Tshikare will be buried at the Jakobskop Cemetery on Saturday, 6 December 2008, after a service at his 416 Versveld Road home at Walkers Fruit Farm in Walkerville. The service starts at 09h30 and the cortege leaves for the graveyard at 13h00.

He was a truly committed cadre of our movement who - as a young man - sacrificed comforts of life so that democratic South Africa could be realised.

The ANC send condolence to his family, friends and relatives. May his soul rest in peace.

Brian Sokutu 071 671 6919
Patience Ntoi 082 478 5534