- Former ANC provincial secretary, Songezo Mjongile, died on Thursday this week
- He passed away at his Sandton, Morningside home after a battle with colon cancer
- Songezo had taken to social media to announce his cancer diagnosis earlier this year
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Former ANC provincial secretary Songezo Mjongile took his last breath at his Morningside home on Thursday this week. Mjongile, who is fondly remembered as "Madiba" by those closest to him, succumbed to kidney failure as well as a mild heart-attack after developing colon cancer.
Earlier this year the former secretary announced on his social media pages that he had been diagnosed with the deadly disease, mentioning that chemotherapy, unfortunately, had not worked. He also shared his last wishes with his followers.
“To all my friends and comrades, I discovered in April that I suffer from colon cancer. Chemotherapy treatment didn’t work, instead side effects have led to two incidents of kidney failure and mild heart attack.
"I survived with the grace of God. I am living my second lease on life and pray to God to give me power to raise my children and family.”
ANC spokesperson, Pule Mabe announced Songezo's death and last wishes as well as his journey with the party in an official statement.
“Around 29 August 2020, the ANC learnt that Comrade Songezo had been diagnosed with colon cancer in April 2020 and among his last wishes were to contribute to the renewal of the ANC and the success of the national democratic revolution,” he wrote in the statement.
He also shared that Songezo started as a member of Congress of South African students. Soon thereafter, he became the president of the organisation. He also joined the ANC Youth League, climbing within its ranks.
He went on to become a provincial treasurer and then secretary. Further information about when he will be laid to rest has not been disclosed with the public yet.
Briefly.co.za also reported world-renowned playwright Dr. John Kani has taken to social media to mourn his late "friend" George Bizos. Kani penned a heartfelt tribute to Bizos, who passed away on Wednesday at the age of 91.
Bizos was an anti-apartheid lawyer who represented the likes of Nelson Mandela and Walter Sisulu in the Rivonia trials. Kani joined scores of social media users who have shared their fond memories of the late apartheid stalwart since the news of his passing broke. The veteran actor wrote:
"Undoubtedly one of the most distinguished legal minds this country has ever produced Advocate George Bizos has passed away. He was my friend. Masimbulele uThixo ngobomi bakhe. My deepest condolences to his family. May his soul rest in peace. Elder."
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