- Esaph Mdlongwa, Zimbabwean opposition stalwart and dad to SA musician Oscar 'Oskido' Mdlongwa, has passed away
- The 73-year-old is a founding member of the Zimbabwean opposition party, MDC, and had been in hospital
- While Mdlongwa suffered from diabetes, he had reportedly been admitted as a possible Covid-19 patient
Esaph Mdlongwa has passed away aged 73 years old after a long and distinguished career.
The father of South African musician Oscar 'Oskido' Mdlongwa, Esaph is credited with being a founding member of the Zimbabwean opposition party MDC.
The party was established back in 1999 and led by Morgan Tsvangirai to not only challenge the ruling Zanu-PF party but also its leader Robert Mugabe.
TimesLIVE reports that Esaph had been admitted to a private hospital in Bulawayo for almost a week. Family members had spoken to the publication, confirming that he had a long battle with diabetes but had been admitted as a possible Covid-19 patient.
Mdlongwa was hailed as a father figure to numerous politicians who are currently in top posts in the opposition party. MDC Alliance vice-president Welshman Ncude had commented on Esaph's passing:
“He was firm, principled, compassionate, kind and trusting ... He dedicated his entire life to the struggles of the working class, the poor and the downtrodden. The giant of a man, Esaph Mdlongwa, the consummate nationalist trade unionist cum politician who was a mentor and a father figure to those of us whom he took under his protective wing, departs this world when the country he loved so dearly is in great strife."
In a statement released by the Zimbabwean opposition party, the MDC Alliance commented that:
“He was the party’s first organising secretary and is a former MP for Pumula-Luveve in Bulawayo. We are deeply saddened by this news and express our deepest condolences to his family
Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za reported that Zimbabwe has announced a number of measures to make amends after its controversial land reform movement.
This included repaying farmers for seized land despite increasing financial difficulties and social unrest.
The government recently announced a R500 billion fund which will compensate farmers in the hopes of boosting food security in the embattled nation.
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