Johannesburg, 18 May 2023: It is with profound sadness that the family of Billy Lesedi Masetlha announces his passing. Billy, a devoted husband, father, brother, and grandfather, has left an indelible mark in all our hearts, and his loss is deeply felt by everyone who had the privilege of knowing him.

Born on 21 November 1954, Billy was a remarkable individual who dedicated his life to serving his country. As a South African intelligence officer, he held the esteemed position of the head of the South African National Intelligence Agency.

Billy passed away on 14 May 2023 at the age of 68, leaving behind a legacy that will endure through the memories and lives he touched. Known to the rest of the world as a staunch comrade, he was renowned for his reliability and willingness to undertake any assigned task. Within our family, he was our anchor, our advisor, and our source of calm. We loved him deeply, and he reciprocated that love to each and every one of us. Even amidst his demanding schedule, Billy always made time for his loved ones, consistently showing up when it mattered most.

Today, as we mourn the loss of this exceptional man, let us reflect on his life and draw inspiration from his example. Billy’s journey reminds us all to prioritise the things and the people that truly matter, for tomorrow is never guaranteed.

The family would like to express their heartfelt gratitude to the members of the public for the overwhelming outpouring of condolence messages we have received. Your support during this difficult time has been a source of comfort and strength. We would also like to acknowledge the various structures of the ruling party, whose unwavering support has been instrumental in helping us navigate through this challenging period.

A funeral service to honor the life of Billy Lesedi Masetlha will be held on Saturday, 20 May 2023, at the Bryanston Methodist Church, located 115 Grosvenor Road, Bryanston, South Africa. We invite all those who wish to pay their respects to join us in bidding farewell to this remarkable man.

In these moments of grief, let us come together as a community to celebrate the life and mourn the loss of Billy. His memory will forever be cherished, and his spirit will continue to guide us in our pursuit of a better tomorrow.

On Behalf Of:                                             The Masetlha family

For Media Information:                           Khethi Ngwenya

Tebogo Makola

072 683 6067 / 067 080 8315