12 October 2018
Government has learned with sadness of the passing away of liberation struggle stalwart and recipient of the National Order of Mendi for Bravery in Silver Eric “Staling” Mtshali.
Mtshali died in Hospital on Friday after a long illness. He was 87.
“On behalf of government, I wish to extend our condolences to the family, his friends and comrades. Mr Mtshali played a very crucial role on the road to our democracy. He provided excellent contribution to the fight against apartheid in spite of great risks and was never deterred in his quest for true freedom and social justice,” said GCIS Acting Director General Phumla Williams.
Mtshali spent 30 years in exile after joining the ANC, and in 1961, was part of the Congress Alliance’s group which founded uMkhonto we Sizwe.
Mtshali was a trade unionist, leader in the African National Congress’s (ANC) military wing, Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK), and later, a Member of Parliament in the post-1994 democratic dispensation.
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Issued by: Government Communications