Defence Minister pays tribute to Mlangeni

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Andrew Mlangeni, the last of the Rivonia triallists and a valued supporter of the South African military, died at 1 Military Hospital this week aged 95.

In May his contribution to the wider defence sector was acknowledged when he was named honorary colonel of SA Army headquarters. Another acknowledgement came during last year’s Army Reserve Force unit name changes when the Johannesburg-based SA Irish Regiment became the Andrew Mlangeni Regiment.

In a message on behalf of herself, the Department of Defence and Military Veterans (DoDMV) and the SA National Defence Force (SANDF), Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula praised Mlangeni as “a staunch supporter and counsel” for the national defence force.

“The SANDF has lost a selfless servant and humble leader and salutes him for his selfless contribution to South Africa.

“We will forever be indebted to his immense sacrifices for South Africa’s freedom and the SANDF has on its part, prior to his passing away, named a motorised infantry unit in Johannesburg – Andrew Mlangeni Regiment – after him,” the Minister said in a statement.

It elaborated on Mlangeni’s “commitment to the struggles of the disenfranchised” saying he was a regular participant in CSANDF golf days as well as a financial contributor and active supporter of the SANDF Education Trust.