Struggle icon – Andrew Mlangeni dies at age 95

ANC stalwart Andrew Mlangeni has died at the age of 95.

He was admitted to 1 hospital in Pretoria on Tuesday, following an abdominal complaint.

Mlangeni spent over 20 years on Robben Island after he was convinced at the Rivonia Treason trial in 1964.

Obviously, he was the last remaining Rivonia Trialist.

President Cyril Ramaphosa has sent his sincere condolences to the Mlangeni family also because the friends, comrades and associates of the struggle hero countrywide and internationally.

“The passing of Andrew Mekete Mlangeni signifies the top of a generational history and places our future squarely in our hands,” Ramaphosa said.

The president had this to mention about Andrew Mlangeni:

“Until recently, we were ready to sit at Bab’ Mlangeni’s feet and draw on his wealth of wisdom and his unfailing commitment – even at his very advanced age – to a far better life for all South Africans.

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“Bab’ Mlangeni’s dramatic life was a singular example of heroism and humility inhabiting an equivalent person and throughout his long life he remained a beacon of ethical leadership and look after humanity in our own country and round the globe.

“With his passing because the last remaining Rivonia Trialist, Bab’ Mlangeni has indeed passed the baton to his compatriots to create the South Africa he fought to liberate and to reconstruct during our democratic dispensation.

“He was a champion and exemplar of the values we'd like to create a South Africa that gives dignity and opportunity for all and which takes its rightful place within the global community of countries .

“My thoughts are with the Mlangeni Family today and with all who have had the blessing of meeting and being touched by Bab’ Mlangeni’s passion for achieving a far better society also as his passion for a life that's well-rounded, adventurous, healthy and embracing of individuals from all walks of life.”

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May his soul rest in perfect peace.