Andrew Mlangeni. Picture: Dumisani Sibeko

JOHANNESBURG - African National Congress (ANC) stalwart Andrew Mlangeni has been admitted to hospital in Cape Town, South Africa, his family said on Wednesday.

The stalwart's son, Sello Mlangeni, said his father was unwell but was in a stable condition.

''Our beloved father Andrew Mlangeni was admitted to hospital in Cape Town on Wednesday afternoon. The struggle stalwart and former member of Parliament has been in and out of hospital in the past two weeks due to ill health. Doctors are describing his condition as unwell but stable. His family is by his bedside in Cape Town,'' Sello said in a statement.

Mlangeni has been in hospital since Friday.

The ANC confirmed it had received news of Mlangeni’s ill-health from his family and was informed that  the struggle icon was in a critical but stable condition. 

"The ANC wishes Tata Malangeni a speedy recovery and also wish to call on South Africans to keep him and his family in their prayers.
 
"As we pause to reflect on Tata Mlangeni’s contribution we cannot help but acknowledge his tremendous contribution that led to the Rivonia trial where he stood shoulder to shoulder with Nelson Mandela and other trialists. We are forever indebted to him and his contemporaries in the struggle."

The party added: "The ANC continuous to be in touch with Tata Mlangeni’s family to monitor his condition. We extend our hand of support to his family in dealing with the anxiety of his admission".

Mlangeni, 93, is one of the only two surviving Rivonia trialists. The other surviving political activist is 85-year-old Denis Goldberg, with whom he stood trial along with Nelson Mandela, Ahmed Kathrada, Govan Mbeki and Raymond Mhlaba, among others. 

He was among eleven anti-apartheid activists who were arrested on 11 July 1963 at Lilliesleaf Farm, Rivonia, north of Johannesburg and was sentenced to life in prison at Robben Island.

In June, the ANC joined Mlangeni and his family as he celebrated his 93rd birthday in Johannesburg. President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed guests at the bash.

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Additional reporting by ANA