OPINION | Like it or not, Mlangeni’s funeral heard the truth

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OPINION | Like it or not, Mlangeni’s funeral heard the truth

Some call it ‘politicking’ by Mbeki and Kekana, but they were the stalwart’s confidants and knew his wishes

Sthembile Cele

The last standing Riviona trialist – a man of great humour, compassion, passion for the ANC, and who believed the secret to a successful marriage was having sex three times a week – was buried in Soweto yesterday. The end of an iconic chapter in history pages splattered with blood, sacrifice and hope.

Speakers at the funeral of Andrew Mlangeni – former president Thabo Mbeki and businessman Malose Kekana – did not hold back on what they believed to be a non-negotiable if the legacy of Mlangeni was to be preserved: the eradication of corruption by the ANC and the revival of the party’s revolutionary conscious.

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