He struggled for freedom throughout his life

Bongiwe Khumalo

Bongiwe Khumalo

Like his grandfather, ANC president Chief Albert Luthuli, Sphiwe Luthuli believed in freedom so he continued in the footsteps of the struggle giant.

Born on November 30 1968, Luthuli died on March 2.

Son of the late Smangele Jeanette and Mfaniseni Willie Luthuli, his contribution to the struggle for a free and democratic South Africa started at an early age.

In the 1980s Luthuli responded to the call by the banned ANC Youth League that young people must avail themselves to liberate their country.

Though the apartheid regime had become more vicious and brutal towards its opponents, it did not deter this dedicated youngster.

As with many young revolutionaries of his time, Luthuli was jailed for his contribution to freedom and democracy.

Luthuli armed himself with the necessary skills to understand the enemy. Together with his comrades, he studied and carried out strategies and tactics to outmanoeuvre a brutal regime that was already in a state of frenzy.

Luthuli read the works of Karl Marx and Vladimir Lenin extensively. He also played an important role in politicising other youth.

After the first democratic elections in 1994, Luthuli worked for the ANC as a parliamentary constituency coordinator in Dube in Soweto.

He represented the first generation of people who contributed to the building of constituency offices that are critical for the ANC and its MPs to maintain dynamic contact with the people.

Luthuli received a certificate in development studies from the University of Witwatersrand and a diploma in development planning from the Johannesburg Technical College.

He also worked for Urban Dynamics as a development officer. Luthuli started Maluleke Luthuli and Associates, where his passion for development work shone.

Luthuli is is survived by his two sisters, Duma and Thandi, three nephews and three nieces.

Luthuli will be buried tomorrow at the Avalon Cemetery.

The service starts at 9am at Our Lady of Fatima Roman Catholic Church in Dube.