Tutus pay tribute as anti-apartheid activist Andrew Mlangeni dies aged 95
Archbishop Desmond Tutu says the death of anti-apartheid activist Andrew Mlangeni - the final co-defendant of the historic Rivonia Trial - “sounds the last post” for a generation of courageous South African freedom fighters.
Mlangeni was among those including Nelson Mandela who, in 1963, were sentenced to life imprisonment for their struggle to overthrow the white minority regime behind apartheid.
He spent 26 years in prison, serving much of his sentence on Robben Island. He would go on to serve as a legislator in South Africa’s first democratic Parliament.
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said that Mlangeni’s death at the age of 95 marked "the end of a generational history".
While a statement from the Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation said: "[Mlangeni's] passing sounds the last post on a courageous generation of South Africans who forfeited their freedom, careers, family lives and health so that we could all be free.”
Andrew Milangeni, always modest, always determined, had celebrated his 95th birthday last month. He is survived by two daughters and his son.