President Ramaphosa: “Ntate Mlangeni has passed the baton to his compatriots to build the South Africa he fought to liberate”

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President Matamela Ramaphosa says he is saddened by the passing struggle stalwart the last remaining Rivonia trialilst Ntate Andrew Mlangeni.

Ntate Mlangeni’s passing was announced on Wednesday morning after being admitted to 1 Military Hospital in Thaba Tshwane, in Tshwane, on Tuesday, following an abdominal complaint.

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

“Until recently, we were able 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 better life for all South Africans.”

“Bab’ Mlangeni’s dramatic life was a unique example of heroism and humility inhabiting the same person and throughout his long life he remained a beacon of ethical leadership and care for humanity in our own country and around the globe” said President Matamela.

President added that Ntate Mlangeni has passed the baton to his compatriots to build the South Africa he fought to liberate and to reconstruct during our democratic dispensation.

Ntate Mlangeni was awarded Isithwalandwe Seaparankwe – the highest honour by the African National Congress for those who have made an outstanding contribution to the liberation struggle in 1992 – and received the Presidential Order for Meritorious Service: Class 1: Gold from President Nelson Mandela in 1999.

“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 better society as well as his passion for a life that is well-rounded, adventurous, healthy and embracing of people from all walks of life.”

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