How did Phillip Mhlongo Die? EFF Leader Suddenly Passed Away

How did Phillip Mhlongo Die? EFF Leader Suddenly Passed Away

We are sad to announce that EFF leader and member of parliament Phillip Mhlongo has reportedly passed away. His death news was released on November 30, 2021.

There is no release reporting his cause of death and US day News doesn’t confirm or refuse Phillip Mhlongo’s death, but we are waiting for more official information, so stay with us.

Phillip Mhlongo was born and raised in Umsinga, KwaZulu-Natal where he passed both his primary and high school education. He served in the EFF Provincial Command Team of KwaZulu-Natal and had been very central to the establishment of the EFF in this province from the beginning.

Fighter Phillip Mhlongo suddenly died
EFF leader Phillip Mhlongo has reportedly passed away

Fighter Mhlongo was also a member and activist of the United Democratic Front (UDF) until the unbanning of the ANC in 1990. He also participated in Umkhoto we Sizwe (MK) in 1986 and got training in Mozambique, Matola camp. He was also in Quatro, Angola before returning to South Africa to form part of several attachments and deployments in Natal underground operations in the 1980s. He held an advanced diploma in Labour Law through the Ditsela program at Wits University.

He was involved in the National Education, Health, and Allied Workers Union (NEHAWU) when it was immediately made after the amalgamation with other trade unions.

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More about Phillip Mhlongo as an Economic Freedom Fighter

According to his interview with People’s Assembly, he grew up in a Christian family and the story of Moses in the Bible and the story of Chief Albert Luthuli inspired him to join the struggle and he became part of the ‘undergrounders’, assisted by Reverend Kunene of the Anglican Church in Ladysmith. 

The relocation to Ladysmith exposed him to the harsh realities of the struggle and this ignited him to become involved. He got introduced to uMkhonto weSizwe and he was going to respond physically to the challenges of the time. This also created a bad situation for his family as he was always away. Mhlongo reported that he was asthmatic and the involvement in the struggle also led to the deterioration of his health situation.

Mr. Mhlongo completed his matric in 1985 being part of the United Democratic Front (UDF). This created conflict between his involvement in the struggle and his Christian values as his family viewed his involvement in the struggle as violent.

He joined hands with the EFF, organizing people on the ground to vote for the EFF in the 2014 elections and they received more than 1 million votes. “I was then called by Mr. Malema to become a Member of Parliament in the National Assembly,” he said.

He talked about his role as a Member of the EFF which is to represent people irrespective of their partisanships. He added that he didn’t like political grandstanding even when he attend the Portfolio Committee on Police.

As Mr. Mhlongo said, the introduction of the EFF in Parliament changed the operation of Parliament. People initially viewed the EFF as a disruptive organization.

When he had been asked what is his message to South Africans, he responded that people like Nelson Mandela paved the direction that should be taken by South Africa at the time he said: “there are good men and women in all political parties constituting our democratic dispensation in our country, and our duty as leaders is to identify these good women and men and take our country forward, irrespective of our partisanship.”

Phillip Mhlongo added that Mandela said that there are bad men and women in all political parties framing democratic dispensation and the duty is to identify them and put them into prison.

“We can no longer accept the situation where black people only smell the meat that is being cooked, remaining spectators without participating in the economy. Steve Biko taught us about black consciousness and the need to be conscious of who we are. Our ancestors were creative and able to plough fields using different methods way before the arrival of white people. We should not study simply to be employed by white men but also be innovative and bring about our own genius,” Phillip Mhlongo said.

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Reactions to Phillip Mhlongo’s Death

Several fans, friends, and supporters reacted and stated their condolences on social media websites following this tragic news.

Wiseman Sthembiso Mazomba wrote on Facebook: “Good evening fighters, It is with great regret to report to all of you that fighter Phillip Mhlongo is no more. We have learned about his untimely passing this afternoon. He was once deployed as KZN EFF Provincial Organizer, member of the PCT as well as an EFF MP at the national assembly. We are therefore directed to go and pass our condolences to his family tomorrow after our induction. We equally extend this invitation to the members of the RCT as well as EFF ground forces. Many thanks. Themba Mvubu, EFF Ethekwini chair”

Injoli Yelali ~ Dlambulo wrote on Twitter: “I’m devastated!! Rest In Peace Cde Phillip Mhlongo I was a young activist when we first met at the @SACP1921 provincial congress in KZN. You loved and me nurtured my politics since that day. Rest Njomane.”