The last remaining Rivionia trialist Andrew Mlangeni has passed away at the age of 95.
President Cyril Ramaphosa has confirmed his passing in a statement released early on Wednesday morning.
Mlangeni passed away in hospital overnight.
He had been admitted to the 1 Military Hospital in Tshwane on Tuesday, following an abdominal complaint.
President Ramaphosa has described Mlangeni’s death as an end of a generational history.
“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,” the president says.
President Ramaphosa has offered his sincere condolences to the Mlangeni family as well as the friends, comrades and associates of the struggle hero countrywide and internationally.
The president participated in Mlangeni’s birthday’s celebration in June in the company of, among other notable guests, President Thabo Mbeki, President Kgalema Motlanthe and Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi.
Mlangeni celebrated his 95th birthday on 6 June.
He 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.