A SALUTE FOR ICON MTSWENI

UNLIKE others, Elias Mtsweni, also known by his guerrilla name Clayton Sibiya, preferred to work in the background and let his colleagues get the accolades.

UNLIKE others, Elias Mtsweni, also known by his guerrilla name Clayton Sibiya, preferred to work in the background and let his colleagues get the accolades.

This made him stand out among his comrades.

He joined the underground structures of the then banned PAC in 1974. He worked as a trusted lieutenant of struggle icons like Zeph Mothopeng, John Pokela, Sabelo Phama and others.

Last Friday at midnight he passed on at a private clinic from multi-organ failure. He had been in intensive care for four weeks.

He attended school at Mamelodi High where he cultivated his passion for performance drama and produced Dirty Minds. In exile he led a troupe with his production, Crux, to mobilise the international community against settler colonialism and apartheid.

He was the late Thobile Gola's second in command in the PAC's administration duties. In 1984 he was deployed to the education desk and he arranged scholarships for many who are now public officials.

He joined the Special Pension office in the Government Employees Pension Fund as a vetting officer.

His funeral service will be held at the NG Kerk in Silverton, Pretoria, tomorrow from 7am. The cortege will leave for the Mandela Cemetery in Mamelodi East at 9am.

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