MEDIA RELEASE BY DEPARTMENT OF DEFENCE:
CHIEF OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN NATIONAL DEFENCE
FORCE ANNOUNCES THE PASSING ON OF MAJOR GENERAL
(RETIRED) MONGAMELI JOHNSON TSHALI
Date of release 15 September 2011
Pretoria: Chief of the South African National
Defence Force (SANDF) General Solly Shoke
regrets to announce the passing on of Major
General (Maj Gen) Mongameli Johnson Tshali who
passed away on 07 September 2011.
Gen Tshali was born at Alexandria in Port
Elizabeth on 16 October 1938 and did his primary
and senior secondary school levels at Upper
United Mission School and Newell High School in
New Brighton respectively.
He joined the African National Congress (ANC)
and Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK) in 1961 where he
served in various capacities until his return in
1992 where he was deployed in the Eastern Cape.
He was an MK commander in the following
countries serving in different capacities:
former Union of Soviet Socialist Republic
(USSR), Tanzania, Angola, Zambia, Zimbabwe and
Mozambique. He served as the ANC Chief
Representative in Mozambique between 1975 and
In 1967-1968, Gen Tshali was the deputy
commander of the Luthuli Contingent which was
fighting alongside Zimbabwean People’s
Revolutionary Army (ZIPRA) forces in the Wankie
In 1994, Maj Gen Tshali integrated into the
SANDF where he obtained the same rank and served
the South African Army as the project leader of
Project Juggernaut which was mainly dealing with
issues pertaining to discipline.
A memorial service in respect of the General
will be held at Thaba Tshwane Town Hall in
Pretoria on 15 September 2011, at 14:00 and a
funeral with full military honours will be held
at the same venue on 17 September 2011, at
General Solly Shoke would like to send his
sincerest condolences to the friends and family
of the deceased.
General Tshali is survived by his two sons
and a daughter.
ISSUED BY: Department of Defence
(Media Liaison Section)
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