Azapo stalwart Thabo Mafihla dies

By Drum Digital
10 January 2013

Azanian People's Organisation (Azapo) stalwart and former Highveld East Municipality manager Thabo Mafihla, has died, the party said on Thursday.

He was president of the party's youth wing, Azayo, a recruiter for Azanla, its military wing, and a founder member of Atteridgeville-Saulsville Residents' Association, read a statement.

"He further spearheaded the launch of various Azapo branches in the Tshwane region.

"Like all struggle veterans from the liberation movement, Thabo Mafihla was a constant target of the apartheid security branch police. He spent quite some time in detention, suffered brutal police harassment and spent sleepless nights in hiding from the apartheid police force – his only sin being his undying commitment for Azapo and the love for his people and community."

A memorial service for Mafihla, who died on Sunday, is scheduled to be held at 2pm on Thursday at Ramushu Hall in Atteridgeville.

-by Sapa

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