Struggle hero Hlanti buried in Botswana

2014-10-31 00:00

POLITICAL veteran Baldwin Nqobizizwe Hlanti (72) was laid to rest in Botswana on Sunday, October 19.

Hlanti died on October 9, after suffering from kidney failure. He died as a member of the Zanu PF cabinet in Zimbabwe.

His brother, Bongani Hlanti, a resident of Pietermaritzburg, said: “He had a passion for politics and a love for people, which is what drove him to fight to end oppression in South Africa.”

At the age of 24 in 1966, Hlanti went to Botswana as a political asylum-seeker. He later went to Zambia for a UN sponsored scholarship, where he met apartheid icons such as Moses Mabhida, Oliver Tambo and Thabo Mbeki before asking to go for military training.

He also represented various political groups like Swapo, Zanu, Zapu and Frelimo. He used the back of his bottle store for official political meetings and as a landmark for recruits from neighbouring countries. While living in Botswana, the Pan African Congress approached Hlanti to assist them to revamp their military wing.

His family has not yet confirmed the date of his memorial service, to be held in his home town of Umzinto.

• siso.naile@witness.co.za

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