Isithwalandwe Andrew Mlangeni saluted
The Rivonia trialists are the “baobab trees” of the revolution and the late Andrew Mlangeni was the last of the trees, so says the Collins Chabane Foundation that promotes the legacy of the late cabinet minister and ANC NEC member Collins Ohm Chabane nicknamed The Animal.
The foundation sent condolences following the death of Mlangeni who was the last surviving member of the Rivonia trialists who were later imprisoned on Roben Island.
In its message, the foundation praised Mlangeni and his comrades for the role they played in fighting for liberation.
“Because of the place of pride they occupy in the history and memories of struggle Andrew Mlangeni and his generation, the Rivonia trialists in particular are like baobab trees of the Savannah and the bush veld.
“The dedication of the generation will remain unparalleled, “said the foundation.
Describing the late Mlangeni as someone who demonstrated much dedication to our freedom, the foundation hailed his “dedication and humility.”
‘’It said it was such dedication that the younger generation of the likes of the late Chabane emulated,” said the foundation.
“We salute Isithwalandwe, the commander and the veteran of the liberation movement, “read the statement signed by Chairperson Professor Muxe Nkondo and Secretary Bohani Shibambu.
Meanwhile the Mlangeni Foundation participated in the Zooming meeting organised by the ANC in order to afford different stakeholders to offer condolences prior to the funeral service billed for Wednesday.
Speaking on behalf of the foundation Joe Mathebula called the late leader as one of the greatest sons of Africa. “His humility and easy going attitude was very rare, “he said.
Added Mathebula: “I will always be indebted to him for my personal development as a cadre and in life generally. He would support me when I was a leader of the ANCYL working committee and CEO of the Trade and Investment Limpopo.”
Describing him as his “father, mentor, comrade and friend”, Mathebula went on: “”He contributed to the golfing community in Limpopo and he was bestowed with the title of Life President of Limpopo Eagles and he was given his first green jacket.
The Village Voice also says: May his spirit rest in peace