The outgoing commanding officer of Regiment Christiaan Beyers (RCB), Takalani Mphohoni officially handed over command to Willie Madikoto at a parade in Polokwane on Friday.
Madikoto, a military veteran, was appointed in January but the official appointment was on Friday during the handing over and taking of command parade. According to information, Madikoto was in exile from 1982 to 1990 in various countries including Mozambique, Zambia and Angola.
In 1985 he was arrested and sentenced to nine years in Robben Island Prison and was released on 24 December 1990 by agreement of indemnity between the then government and the ANC. It was reported that just before the 1994 elections, Madikoto was selected to go and receive further military training in Zambia where he casted his first vote.
When given the opportunity to address the crowd, he thanked the outgoing commanding officer and reiterated that a lot of work has been done but a lot more still needs to be done. He further thanked the Department of Defence for entrusting him with the opportunity to lead.
Attendees included Zion Christian Church bishops Engenas Lekganyane, Barnabas Lekganyane and ANC veteran Ike Maphoto. The regimental brass band provided entertainment.
Story & photos: ENDY SENYATSI