January 03, 2015

On this day January 3

DARC Ethiophile Chronicles

On this day

On 3rd January 2008 Mlungisi Sisulu, the grandson of Walter Sisulu transitioned in London from Cerebral Malaria.

Sisulu, better known as Lungi, was born on August 20, 1966 in Moscow to Max Sisulu and Mercy Vuthela, two young South African exiles studying in the Soviet Union. At the age of five, Lungi came to South Africa and settled in Soweto with his grandmothers, Greta Ncapayi and Albertina Sisulu. As a result of political activism in his family, Lungi gained political knowledge at an early age. For instance, his grandfather Walter Sisulu was serving a life sentence on Robben Island and his grandmother Albertina Sisulu was constantly harassed by the security police for her political activities.

Lungi was part of the generation whose schooling was constantly interrupted by the political instability both in the 1970s and 1980s. As a youth, he joined the Congress of South African Students (COSAS) and also became chairman of the Dube branch of the Soweto Youth Congress (SOYCO). In 1986 he was detained for nine months; becoming the third generation of Sisulus, alongside his grandfather and uncle Zwelakhe to be jailed at the same time. In 2006 he was appointed First Secretary of the South African Embassy in Khartoum, Sudan. In August 2007 he married Kundi Jangano in Khartoum.

After his transition on 3 January 2008, his remains were returned to South Africa for internment.

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