Andrew Mlangeni Death Dead – Andrew Mlangeni Obituary: Cause of Death

Andrew Mlangeni Death

Andrew Mlangeni Death Dead – Andrew Mlangeni Obituary: Cause of Death

Andrew Mokete Mlangeni (born 6 June 1925), also known as Andrew Mokete Molakene, is a South African political activist and anti-apartheid campaigner who, along with Nelson Mandela and others, was imprisoned after the Rivonia Trial.

ANC stalwart Andrew Mlangeni has died aged 95.

Mlangeni was admitted to 1 Military Hospital in Pretoria on Tuesday following an abdominal complaint.

He spent over two decades on Robben Island after he was convicted at the Rivonia Treason trial in 1964.

Mlangeni was the last remaining Rivonia Trialist

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

“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.

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

“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.

“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.”

He was born in Soweto. After having to give up his studies owing to poverty, after 1946 he experienced worker exploitation as a factory worker. When working as a bus driver, he was active in a strike for better working conditions and a living wage, and in 1951 joined the African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) and, in 1954, the African National Congress (ANC).

In 1961, he was sent for military training outside the country, but on his return in 1963 was arrested, after being accused of recruiting and training an armed force. He was found guilty and sentenced to life imprisonment on Robben Island.

He was married to June Mlangeni and the couple had four children, his wife died in 2001.

After his release from prison 27 years later, Mlangeni served as a member of parliament for the ANC from 1994 to 1999. He served once more in the National Assembly from 2009 until 2014, when he retired.

He was close friends with Nelson Mandela and spoke at Mandela’s memorial service at FNB Stadium.

In 2015, director Lebogang Rasethaba made a film about Mlangeni, entitled Prisoner 467/64: The Untold Legacy of Andrew Mlangeni.

In 2017, Mlangeni appeared with fellow defendants at the Rivonia Trial, Denis Goldberg and Ahmed Kathrada, along with lawyers Joel Joffe, George Bizos and Denis Kuny in a documentary film entitled “Life is Wonderful”, directed by Sir Nicholas Stadlen, which tells the story of the trial. (The title reflects Goldberg’s words to his mother at the end of the trial on hearing that he and his comrades had been spared the death sentence).

On 26 April 2018, Mlangeni received an Honorary Doctorate in Education from the Durban University of Technology in South Africa. He was also awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Law on 7 April, 2018 by Rhodes University.

Mlangeni was awarded the Freedom of the City of London on 20 July 2018. On that visit, he was also a guest of honour at the opening of the Mandela Centenary Exhibition at the South Bank Centre, alongside Their Royal Highnesses, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. On the Centenary Celebration of Nelson Mandela’s birth, he also read Mandela’s favourite poem – Invictus – which was aired on the BBC’s Newsnight programme.

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