The Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation has described struggle stalwart Andrew Mlangeni as “a giant who opposed injustice to his dying day.”
In a statement, the Foundation says: “South Africa today mourns the death of Tata Andrew Mlangeni, the last surviving member of an extraordinary cohort of anti-apartheid movement leaders sentenced alongside Nelson Mandela to life imprisonment at the conclusion of the so-called Rivonia Trial.”
Mlangeni was admitted to the 1 Military Hospital in Pretoria on Tuesday evening following an abdominal complaint.
The Foundation further described Mlangeni, who turned 95 last month, as a principled and modest man.
Mlangeni served as a member of Parliament, retiring in 2014 in his 90th year.
“But even then he continued to speak out against corruption, for morality and fairness within his beloved ANC and in government,” said the Foundation.
“I did not go to prison for 26 years for people to steal from the poor…” – Andrew Mlangeni
The Foundation further adds: “He’s a part of the courageous generation of South Africans who forfeited their freedom, careers, family lives and health so that we could all be free. It is now for younger hands to pick up the heavy baton they carried and complete the journey to equal justice for all.”
“He is deeply mourned. The Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation extends heart-felt condolences to the Mlangeni family. May Tata Mlangeni rest in peace and rise in glory.”