A PIETERMARITZBURG struggle stalwart, Mvuselelo(Mvusi) Mgeyane (49), died last Friday after being gunned down near his home in Ilfracombe, Umkomaas. The motive for his murder is unknown and the police are investigating. According to his friend Sthembiso Hlongwane, his possessions, including his wallet, were not taken. Mgeyane was a member of the ANC, but was not in any leadership roles. He was working for the South African Revenue Services (SARS) at the time of his death. An activist in the 1980s, Mgeyane matriculated from Georgetown High School in Edendale in 1984. He was involved in youth political structures and the United Democratic Front (UDF). He worked closely with stalwarts like Mduduzi Ndlovu, Muzi Thusi, Skhumbuzo Ngwenya, A.S. Chetty and Dr Chota Motala. Linked to the ANC underground structures, he was involved in the DCO Matiwane Youth group and helped start youth organisations in Edendale and Imbali. He was also instrumental in the formation of civic organisations at Imbali and Edendale. In 1985, Mgeyane went into exile after evading arrest by the security police. He served as an Mkhonto weSizwe (MK) soldier and was based in Zambia, Angola and Bulgaria. In the 1990s, he went to study at the University of Havana in Cuba where he completed an undergraduate and an honours degree in sociology. Hlongwane said that the one South African historical event that he would have liked to have been part of but missed, because of his studies in Cuba, was the 1994 elections. On his return to South Africa, he joined Idasa — the Institute for Democracy in South Africa. He also worked for the KZN Local Government Association and went on to complete a master’s degree in sociology. Mgeyane lectured at the University of KwaZulu-Natal before joining SARS in Pretoria. He leaves his wife Nye, daughter Ndoni, his parents Simon Phangubude and Lynette Mgeyane, a brother and three sisters. His funeral will take place in Umkomaas on Saturday. For more details, please call Robbie Mkhize on 060 465 9764 or Sthembiso Hlongwane on 072 541 1502.