The South African Air Force’s Director Air Transport and Maritime Systems, Brigadier General (Brig Gen) Nonelelo Lennox Mzongwana, has died. He was 49. The SAAF, in a statement announcing his passing, did not state a cause of death. It is understood he had a heart condition.
Mzongwana was promoted to the rank level of Brigadier General and appointed Director Air Transport and Maritime Systems on November 1, 2010. He died last week Friday.
Brig Gen Mzongwana began his career in the former Ciskei Defence Force air wing and underwent his flying training in Israel. He was integrated into the South African Air Force (SAAF) in 1994. During his flying career, Mzongwana flew Cessna C150, C152, PA150, 28RT, BN2A, 2B and C208 aircraft.
After his promotion to major in 1998, he was appointed a corporate communications functionary at various bases including Air Force Base (AFB) Ysterplaat, AFB Port Elizabeth and AFB Waterkloof. In 2002 he was promoted lieutenant colonel and appointed Air Operations Officer at the Joint Task Force Southern Region in Port Elizabeth. In 2003 he was then appointed Officer Commanding Air Force Station PE, a position he held until 2006.
In 2007 he was appointed as the Staff Officer Force Preparation at Directorate Air Transport and Maritime Systems until he was promoted to the rank of a Colonel in 2008 to assume duties as Flight Operations Officer at the SAAF Command Post.
He will be laid to rest on Saturday, June 25 at Kwa-Mathole village, Middledrift in the Eastern Cape. He is survived by his wife and two children.
“The Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Honourable Lindiwe Sisulu, Chief of the South African National Defence Force, General Solly Shoke and the Acting Chief of the South African Air Force, Major General Gerry Malinga have conveyed their deepest felt condolences to friends, families and acquaintances of Brig Gen Mzongwana. May his soul find peace.”