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Andrew Mlangeni buried in Johannesburg

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South Africa’s fallen freedom fighter Andrew Mlangeni “belonged to a time of relentless struggle for sacrifice, service of honor and integrity,” President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Wednesday, 29 July 2020.

The President was delivering his eulogy in honor of the late struggle activist at Mlangeni’s funeral held on the Soweto campus of the University of Johannesburg.

According to Ramaphosa, Mlangeni lived in an era of rulers who embodied the best of humanity in order to free their oppressed fellow citizens under apartheid rule.

For this reason, Mlangeni’s legacy will live on in the freedom felt and experienced by South Africans today, the President continued.

Mlangeni, who was the last defendant in Rivonia’s trial alongside Nelson Mandela and seven other UmkhontoweSizwe soldiers, died last week in a military hospital in Pretoria after complaining of abdominal pain at 95 years of age.

Mlangeni’s funeral service was followed by a funeral service at Roodepoort Cemetery, where he was buried next to his wife, in a ceremony overseen by the country’s military.


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