The South African Football Association (SAFA) have joined millions around the world in mourning the last remaining Rivonia Trialist, Andrew Mekete Mlangeni.
Mlangeni (95) was admitted to 1 Military Hospital in Pretoria on Tuesday following an abdominal complaint.
He was sentenced to life imprisonment on Robben Island along with former president Nelson Mandela, Denis Goldberg, Walter Sisulu, Ahmed Kathrada, Govan Mbeki, Elias Motsoaledi and Raymond Mhlaba in 1964.
SAFA President Dr Jordaan said Mlangeni’s sacrifices to the new South Africa are well documented and his anti-apartheid stance made him a global icon.
“We celebrated Bab’ Mlangeni’s 95th birthday’s last month and little did we know that this will be his last but he has run his race and we are grateful of the legacy he left behind. May his soul RIP,” said Jordaan in a statement on Wednesday.
“My thoughts and the football family’s thoughts are with the Mlangeni family. Here is a selfless man who dedicated his entire life to an equal and free society,” added Dr Jordaan.
Mlangeni was a staunch Golf fan. His love for the sport started in 1936 when he was a caddie before he started playing in 1947.
He was forced to stop in 1953 due to Politics. May his Soul Rest in Peace.
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