Despite lockdown regulations, residents of Dube and greater Soweto came out to pay their respects to Andrew Mlangeni, the beloved struggle icon. Police and the South African National Defence Force were overwhelmed by the turnout as mourners greeted the arrival of the coffin draped in the South African flag at Mlangeni’s home. His son, Sello Mlangeni, said just having their father back for 30 years was a “blessing”.
Mlangeni, who died on 22 July 2020, was an avid golfer, taking up the sport through a part-time job as caddy. He continued to play well in his 90s. Before he died, Mlangeni expressed the urgent need to see “the country peaceful, corruption destroyed, the economy improving, jobs being created, houses being built, electricity and water supplied”. He believed participation in the struggle did not entitle anyone to unearned rewards.
His passing marks the end of any living link to the Rivonia generation.