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By Thembi Madondo | 2012-06-08 09:53:57.0

FREEDOM fighter and political prisoner Sipho Madondo's struggle ended last week following a long illness.

Madondo was born on August 6, 1958 in Mofolo South, Soweto. He was the last of 11 children.

He started schooling at Gugu Lower Primary and Fred Clark Higher Primary in Soweto.

He then began his high school education at Hlengiwe High during the dark days of apartheid and had to flee the country on the day of the June 16, 1976 Soweto uprisings.

He joined the ANC's military wing, Umkhonto we Sizwe during this time in Angola and was trained in Tanzania, Zambia and Swaziland.

He was arrested in 1978 and spent 12 years on Robben Island where he worked as one of the best chefs.

Madondo, who was also known by his nicknames "Skigi" and "Pele", was released from prison 10 days after Nelson Mandela's famous release.

Following his release, Madondo worked as a clerk for the ANC head office in Johannesburg. He then moved to work as a regional manager at the Independent Electoral Commission when he met his untimely death at age 54.

He is survived by his wife Thandiwe, three daughters, a son and a granddaughter.

His funeral service will be held tomorrow. The service will be held at his home in Rambrant Park at 8am.

He will then be cremated at the Crystal Park crematorium.