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ANC mourns the death of January `Che` Masilela

26 August 2008

The African National Congress is deeply saddened by the tragic death of former ANC National Executive Committee (NEC) member January `Che` Masilela on Sunday morning (24 August 2008).

His untimely death in a car accident has robbed South Africa of a committed patriot and a tireless fighter for freedom and justice.

Masilela served as a member of the NEC from 1999 to 2002.

He was born in Mhluzi township outside Nelspruit. He became involved in the liberation movement at a young age, leaving the country in 1975, where he joined Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK). He served as MK regional commissar in Angola from through most of the 1980s. During this time, he was also a member of the Central Committee of the South African Communist Party (SACP).

On his return from exile he served in the leadership of the ANC in the former Eastern Transvaal region, and was a Member of the Provincial Legislature (MPL) and an MEC in Mpumalanga.

Throughout his life, Masilela worked to uphold the values and advance the objectives of the liberation movement. He was prepared to undertake any tasks given to him.

The ANC salutes the memory of Che Masilela, whose contribution to the people of South Africa will never be forgotten.

The ANC extends heartfelt condolences to his family, comrades, colleagues and friends.

Issued by:
Jessie Duarte
Spokesperson
African National Congress

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