Rivonia Trialist, Andrew Mlangeni continues to receive tributes
Political activist, anti-apartheid campaigner and the last surviving Rivonia Trialists, Andrew Mlangeni dies at 95.
This is after he was admitted to 1 Military Hospital in Thaba Tshwane, Pretoria, on Tuesday following an abdominal pain complaint.
President Cyril Ramaphosa expressed his condolences on behalf of the government stating, “The passing of Andrew Mokete Mlangeni signifies the end of generational history and places our future squarely in our hands.”
In 1964 he was sentenced as one of the group of the Rivonia Trial and got the number 467/64 and a cell next to Nelson Mandela on Robben Island. He spent 26 years in prison and was released in 1989.
Tributes poured in from everywhere with members of the public expressing their condolences to his loved ones. “The news of Baba Andrew Mlangeni’s passing this morning has brought the end to the Rivonia trialists. They are now all gone. May his soul rest in perfect and eternal peace,” said EFF MP Mbuyiseni Ndlozi.
“Bab’ Andrew Mlangeni the last of the Rivonia trialists has passed on. Such a strong, wise and compassionate man. Thank you so much for your contribution to liberation. Rest in power condolences to friends and family,” Said Carol Tshabalala.
“Lala Ngoxolo Nkokheli yethu! You were a leading light to South Africa and we all can express gratitude for the incredible life you lived and sacrificed for our freedom,” said Mmusi Maimane.
Gauteng premier David Makhura said may Mlangeni’s legacy live on, “A giant tree has fallen. A selfless struggle veteran who dedicated his life to fighting for the freedom of the people of South Africa. I offer my sincerest condolences to the Mlangeni family, comrades and friends. May the legacy of Isithwalandwe live on,” said Makhura.
Ramaphosa also said that a South African that provides opportunity for all now has to be built, “He was a champion and exemplar of the values we need to build a South Africa that provides dignity and opportunity for all, and which takes its rightful place in the global community of nations,” he said.