The ANC has bestowed an Isithwalandwe/Seaparankwe award upon Struggle stalwart John Nkadimeng who played a pivotal role during the days of apartheid.
Speaking at Nkadimeng's house in Bramley, Johannesburg, on Monday, ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa said the award befits him well as he was a selfless contributor to the party.
"The NEC [national executive committee] said we must come to you and visit you with mama. The national executive committee decided to give you the highest award that the ANC has to give to any of its cadres in recognition of the contribution you have made to our Struggle.
"We are giving you the Seaparankwe and you are going to be one of the very few in our movement to receive this. This is the highest recognition, as you know, and we thank you most profusely for the service you have given to our people," said Ramaphosa.
The president was accompanied by the party's top brass, with the exclusion of deputy president David Mabuza.
Nkadimeng quietly thanked the president for the prestigious award.
Speaking on behalf of the family, Shirley Nkadimeng welcomed the award which was brought personally by the ANC top officials. She also thanked them for identifying her father with it while he was alive.