ANCYL organiser dies on Christmas eve

2011-12-29 00:00

VUSI Mhlongo, a national organiser for the African National Congress Youth League in 2008 and 2011, died in hospital on Christmas eve, league spokesperson Floyd Shivambu said yesterday.

Shivambu said Mhlongo died in Victoria Hospital, Tongaat, but would not say how he had landed in hospital or how long he was there.

“All I know is that comrade Vusi was in hospital, but I don’t know the circumstances surrounding his death,” said Shivambu.

Mhlongo, of KwaDukuza, served the league with utmost diligence and humility and had excellent mobilisation skills, Shivambu said in a statement.

“These features and skills were combined with a clear political and ideological vision and understanding of the ANCYL.

“Comrade Vusi would always be among the first to criticise leaders he supported in previous congresses, and not blindly justify or over-explain their limitations and weaknesses.”

As an organiser responsible for membership audits of all regional and provincial congresses of the league country-wide, he never once attracted complaints or allegations that he had tampered with membership statistics and audit processes.

“This is because he did not sway or change organisational processes and procedures to suit his personal aspirations and wishes as an individual,” said the statement.

Mhlongo’s long-time friend in the Shakaville area, Thulani Khuluse, said the organiser had been in hospital for about a month before his death.

He complained about a tooth, which a local dentist extracted, said Khuluse.

“Apparently a splinter of the tooth remained attached to his gum, causing severe pain.

“The gum became septic and he could not eat. He also complained that he couldn’t breathe.

“He was later diagnosed with pneumonia, then he died on Saturday. We are still shocked by his untimely death as he had served his community with diligence,” said Khuluse.

Mhlongo will be buried at Shakaville Sports Ground in Stanger tomorrow.

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