ANC praise for struggle hero couple

Canaan Mdletshe

Canaan Mdletshe

The ANC in KwaZulu-Natal has honoured two struggle heroes, human rights lawyers Griffiths and Victoria Mxenge.

At the Mxenge memorial lecture in Durban on Friday night, the pair were lauded for defending their comrades up until their gruesome deaths in 1981 and 1985 respectively.

Griffiths Mxenge was banned and jailed on Robben Island. He was abducted by the special branch and stabbed to death in 1981. Victoria Mxenge was shot and hacked to death in front of her children in Umlazi in 1985.

ANC provincial chairman Zweli Mkhize said ANC members who fled from the apartheid police sought refuge in Mxenge's office in Umlazi. "They contributed immensely to the liberation of our country," he said

ANC treasurer-general Mathews Phosa and human rights lawyer George Bizos also spoke at the event.

The Mxenge's son Mbesa said his parents' Umlazi home would be given to the ANC for it to be used as a museum.

"We appreciate that they are being honoured. It shows that they did not die in vain," Mbesa said.