Zuma, ANC sad over death of 'unsung hero' Mlungisi Sisulu

2015-10-14 17:04


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Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma on Wednesday expressed sadness at the death of Mlungisi Sisulu, the second son of ANC stalwarts Walter and Albertina Sisulu.

The Sisulu family announced in a statement that Mlungisi died at 20:00 at the Donald Gordon Hospital in Johannesburg on Tuesday where he was receiving treatment for pancreatic cancer.

Zuma said Mlungisi’s death was a loss to the nation.

"South Africa has lost a dedicated and formidable patriot who was born into the struggle for the liberation of his country and became a formidable activist and leader in his own right," he said in a statement.

"We wish to express, on behalf of government and the whole of South Africa, our deepest condolences to the Sisulu family, their friends and comrades in the ANC."

According to the Sisulu family, Mlungisi, affectionately known as Lungi, was an activist and later a businessman.

He was involved in the ANC's underground structures during the 1980s when he ran a small shop in Soweto called Shop 7 and later a poultry wholesale business called Fine Foods.

Hide uMkhonto weSizwe units in shop

Sisulu would hide uMkhonto weSizwe units in his shop.

He was arrested a number of times during the apartheid years, including as a teenager while attending the Rivonia Trial where his father Walter Sisulu, former president Nelson Mandela and others received a life sentence on Robben Island.

"Lungi’s death is a great blow to the Sisulu family, coming as it does just three years after that of his brother Zwelakhe.

"He will be deeply missed for his keen sense of humour, his kindness and his friendly and engaging nature that enabled him to interact with people from all walks of life," the family said.

The ANC referred to Sisulu as one of the unsung heroes of the struggle who perfected the art of invisibility yet championed critical roles during the time.

"The ANC lowers its flag in honouring him," national spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said in a statement

"We convey our condolences to the family and thank them for their generosity of having shared him with the liberation movement and the nation."

Sisulu leaves behind his wife Sheila, son Linda, daughters Nontsikelelo and Boitumelo and six grandchildren.

Family and friends of Mlungisi Sisulu are invited to share their memories and tributes, and to light a candle for him, on his profile at Remembered.co.za.

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