Zuma, ANCYL mourn Solomon Mahlangu’s mum

2014-03-13 08:56

President Jacob Zuma expressed his sadness over the death of Martha Mahlangu, the mother of freedom fighter Solomon Mahlangu.

“On behalf of government and the people of South Africa, we wish to convey our heartfelt condolences on her passing and may her soul rest in peace,” Zuma said in a statement yesterday.

Mahlangu and her granddaughter attended the State of the Nation Address in Parliament in February as Zuma’s special guests.

The presidency said Zuma would launch the Solomon Mahlangu Scholarship Fund on Friday.

The fund will provide financial support to deserving South African youth, especially from rural areas.

Zuma will bestow scholarship awards to deserving youth who will pursue full-time studies that fall within the priority growth sectors, critical and scarce skills areas.

“I am very saddened that Mama Mahlangu did not live to see the launch of this scholarship fund in honour of her son, but we will continue to preserve the legacy of Solomon Mahlangu and all those who laid down their lives for our freedom and democracy,” Zuma said.

The ANC Youth League also paid tribute to her.

“The ANC Youth League mourns the passing-on of Mama Martha Mahlangu, a [African National] Congress movement stalwart ... and a mother of a fearless freedom fighter, Solomon ‘Kalushi’ Mahlangu,” national co-ordinator Magasela Mzobe said in a statement.

“We [dip] our revolutionary banner, respecting the best mother she has been to the Mahlangu family, the ANC and broader congress movement.”

Mzobe said the league would dedicate the political activities it would be involved in this month and next month to the revolutionary spirit of Martha and Solomon Mahlangu.

“We want our young women to be fearless and loyal to the struggle like Mama Martha Mahlangu. We want our young men to be exemplary and dedicated to the life of the congress movement like Solomon Mahlangu,” said Mzobe.

Mahlangu died at the Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Pretoria on Wednesday.

Her son, Solomon, was hanged at the Pretoria Central Prison on April 6 1979.

He had been charged for the murder of two white civilians in Johannesburg two years earlier.

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