The African National Congress (ANC) in the Eastern Cape learnt with profound sadness on the untimely passing of Comrade Joe “David Zongamele” Jongile.
Comrade Joe Jongile succumbed to his injuries after he was shot in his house on the evening of Friday, 14th May 2021 by unknown assailants.
Comrade Jongile dedicated his life to the struggle, joining the African National Congress and uMkhonto we Sizwe in the fight against white domination. He left the country in 1981 to join Umkhonto Wesizwe in Lesotho. He later on the 16th November 1981 left for Mozambique and was sent to Angola where he was trained at Kakulama training camp. In 1982, Comrade Jongile arrived at Caculama training camp where he recorded freedom songs. He also worked for Radio Freedom which was part of the ANC’s Department of Information and Publicity. Amongst comrades who were in training with Comrade Jongile were the likes of Comrade Phumzile”Scudder “Mayaphi, Comrade Dumisani” Streaker “Mafu, Comrade Zola Dubeni and Comrade Mzwandile” Bhomza “Vena who later left for special training in USSR.
Comrade Jongile has carved a permanent space in the history of our country. We will always remember his selfless sacrifice, humility, dedication, patriotism and his commitment to make South Africa a better place. After political breakthrough of 1994,Comrade Joe Jongile joined the public service in 1995 and was deployed in Bisho to be part of the South African Police Service ( SAPS Management) of the VIP Unit.
Brigadier Joe Jongile was appointed Head of the Bisho-based police VIP unit. He retired from the police service in 2014.
His untimely departure caused an immeasurable loss for his family and the ANC. To Comrade Jongile’s wife, Sisi Sbongile, children, family and comrades we say: take solace in the knowledge that your loss is our loss.
Fare-thee well Mbathane, Matshaya, Nondzaba.
We lower our revolutionary banners in honour of this revolutionary giant of our Congress Movement and liberation struggle.
ISSUED BY THE PROVINCIAL SECRETARY OF THE AFRICAN NATIONAL CONGRESS, CDE LULAMA NGCUKAYITOBI
Cde Loyiso Magqashela
ANC PEC Provincial Spokesperson
Mobile No :0762479845/0823059611
Provincial Head of Communications
Mobile No :0849519924 /0848439706