Colon cancer claims life of former ANC Western Cape secretary Songezo Mjongile

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  • Former ANC Western Cape secretary Songezo Mjongile has died. 
  • He was diagnosed with colon cancer in April. 
  • The ANC has expressed its sadness, praising Mjongile's "selfless and dedicated activism".

Former ANC Western Cape secretary Songezo Mjongile died at his home in Johannesburg on Thursday. He had colon cancer.

ANC spokesperson Pule Mabe said the party was saddened by the news.

He said Mjongile had died peacefully in the evening at his family home in Morningside, Johannesburg, surrounded by his wife and loved ones.

"Comrade Songezo Mjongile from an early age joined the masses of our people in the struggle against the oppressive apartheid regime. He became an activist in the Congress of South African Students (Cosas) and was later elected its president," Mabe said.

"He continued his life of activism in the ranks of the ANC Youth League (ANCYL), rising through the ranks and elected to the national executive and national working committees of the ANCYL.

"Comrade Songezo, through his selfless and dedicated activism, went on to be elected as the provincial treasurer and later provincial secretary of the ANC in the Western Cape."

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Mabe said Mjongile was diagnosed with colon cancer in April and that one of his last wishes was "to contribute to the renewal of the ANC and the success of the national democratic revolution".

"This was a reflection of the commitment Comrade Songezo had to the ANC, the mass democratic movement structures and to the broader society of South Africa.

"Hamba Kahle Madiba, Yem-Yem, Sopitjo, Velbembhentsele, Zodwa zintshaba zingasoze zimemenze'nto!" Mabe said.

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