Tac Intelligence chief passes on


The General Officer Commanding the South African Army Intelligence Formation, Brigadier General Job Daniel Magasela, has died. He was 53. Magasela had not been well for a while, the Ministry of Defence and Military Veterans says in a statement.

Magasela was born in Alexander on September, 13, 1957. He started school at Ikakge Pre-Primary and later at Ithute Primary school. In 1974 he worked two years for Barlows in Kew, Johannesburg.

In June 1976 he left the country and joined the African National Congress’ military wing, uMkhonto we Sizwe. He received training in the then-Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR). From 1977 he was deployed at Funda camp in Angola as an instructor for small urban fire-arms [sic]. He also underwent training with Angola’s Special Forces. Other deployments included postings included Botswana and Zambia. In 1993 he was sent to Ghana to do an officer’s course and on his return he integrated into the South African National Defence Force.

SA Army postings include time at the SA Army Gymnasium, Heidelberg; the SA Army Support Base Lohatlha and as Commandant of the SA Army Combat Training Centre at Lohatlha. He was promoted Brigadier General in January 2008 and was appointed the General Officer Commanding of SA Army Intelligence Formation, “a position he diligently served until his untimely passing on on 27 February 2011.” He is survived by his wife Rosalin, three daughters and a son.

A funeral service will be held tomorrow morning at the Thaba Tshwane City Hall and he will be laid to rest with full military honours in the Thaba Tshwane Cemetery. The Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Lindiwe Sisulu; the Secretary for Defence, Mpumi Mpofu and the Acting Chief of the SANDF have extended their sincerest condolences to the family of the deceased.”