THE former ANC provincial secretary in the Western Cape, Songezo Mjongile, has died after a six-month battle with colon cancer.
The governing party said in a statement issued on Friday that Mjongile, who was affectionately known by his clan name “Madiba”, died on Thursday at home in Morningside, Johannesburg.
“Around the 29 August 2020, the ANC learnt that comrade Songezo had been diagnosed with colon cancer in April 2020 and among his last wishes was to contribute to the renewal of the ANC and the success of the national democratic revolution,” ANC spokesperson Pule Mabe said.
“This was a reflection of the commitment comrade Songezo had to the ANC, the mass democratic movement structures and to the broader society of SA.”
Mjongile recently took to his social media accounts to announce his battle with colon cancer, which started in April.
“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 [a] mild heart attack. I survived with the grace of God. I am leaving [sic] my second lease of life and pray to God to give me power to raise my children and family,” he wrote.
“My last wish for all my sins. I wanna contribute to renewal of the ANC and success of the NDR (National Democratic Revolution),” he said.
Mabe said: “He became an activist in the Congress of South African Students (Cosas) and was later elected its president. He continued his life of activism in the ranks of the African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL), rising through the ranks and elected to the national executive and national working committees of the ANCYL,” said Mabe.
“Comrade Songezo went on to be elected as the provincial treasurer and later provincial secretary of the ANC in the Western Cape,” he added.
Mjongile joined the ANC at a young age, first becoming an activist and later president of the Congress of South African Students.
He was later elected to the ANC Youth League’s national executive and national working committees, before becoming the Western Cape ANC’s provincial secretary.
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