Swazi revolutionary passes on

Alfred Moselakgomo

Alfred Moselakgomo

The Swaziland Solidarity Network is still reeling with shock after hearing about the death of exiled People's United Democratic Movement leader Gabriel Thandokuhle Mkhumane.

Mkhumane was deputy president of Pudemo and a Swazi revolutionary and lived in exile for 24 years.

He fled to Mozambique in 1984 and then went to Cuba where he trained as a medical doctor.

Mkhumane married his wife Soraida in Cuba, where he lived for more than 15 years.

He was born on December 6 1960 in Siteki in Swaziland's Lubombo region.

Comrade Gab, as Mkhumane was popularly known, was one of the founding members of Pudemo.

He was a committed revolutionary and cadre who sacrificed a lot to free his people from the oppressive Swazi royal family.

Mkhumane was targeted by South African apartheid and Swazi death squads. His political party, Pudemo, decided that he should continue his political work in exile in Mozambique.

The death squads followed him and forced him to flee to Cuba.

He joined Themba Hospital in KaBokweni near Nelspruit in 2000 (to be closer to Swaziland) as a paediatrician, a position he held until his untimely death.

Mkhumane is survived by his wife Soraida, twin sons Lizwi and Lizo, his parents and siblings.

Mkhumane will be buried tomorrow at Nelspruit's Mbombela Cemetery.

The service will be held at the Provincial Agricultural College Hall from 7am and the cortege will leave at 10am.