The African National Congress (ANC) in the Eastern Cape today mourns the passing of an outstanding freedom fighter and revolutionary, Comrade Mthobeli Tengimfene.

Comrade Mthobeli Tengimfene passed away yesterday, Wednesday 30 June 2021 after a short illness. Mthobeli Tengimfene,
nom de guerre Elmond Dolo, was born on 30 December 1962.

Mtho honed his political consciousness during his time in High School. He immersed himself fully in youth mobilisation to ensure that the youth become the “shock troopers of the revolution by being part of student organization, AZASO at the then University of Transkei (UNITRA).He later skipped the country in 1986 to join UMkhonto WeSizwe in exile.

Mtho, as he was affectionately known, embodied a clear thinking strategist, an ardent reader, passionate, conscientious and a Commissar of the glorious army UMkhonto weSizwe. During his exile experience, Mtho received military training and was schooled in political theory, which provided the support structure for his valiant contribution to the realization of our political freedom.

Upon his return after the unbanning of political organizations he registered at University of Western Cape (UWC) – continued his student activism from the membership of the then AZASO (prior to going to exile) and joined the South African National Student Congress (SANSCO) which later became SASCO with countless other returned exiles.

Mtho stands among many disciplined activists and freedom fighters, who carved rich lives in the face of devastating conditions. He found hope within, with an unwavering belief in our humanity and the moral foundations of our liberation struggle in South Africa.

It would be amiss not to mention his role in the ICT sector, forming part in developing democratic South African government policies and strategies congruent to the country’s socio-economic challenges.

Mtho was a committed member of the African National Congress and he served our glorious movement in different capacities. He was a fierce debater, mild temperament thus able to carry his argument with great persuasion.

Mtho was a devoted husband and father – the pillar of his family. We send our deepest and heartfelt condolences to Zo, his beloved wife, to his lovely daughter and son, Zintle and Sihle, and his family, friends and colleagues in the ICT sector.

We are grateful to the family for having allowed him to share his life with the people of South Africa and our glorious movement.

Go well Chizama, Bhurhuma, Ncenceza.

Hamba kahle Mkhonto.

Issued by :
ANC Eastern Cape Provincial Communications

Enquiries :
Gift Ngqondi
Provincial Head of Communications
Mobile No :?0848439706?/?0849519924?

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