Dozens of dignitaries and golfers came in droves to witness a special Charity Golf day tournament at the newly revamped Soweto Country Club, in Pimville.
The tourney was an annual fundraising event for the less fortunate and to honour the ANC stalwart and the Rivonia Trial survivor, Dr Andrew Mlangeni and his late wife June.
The day kick-off with a golf tournament and ended with a glittering gala dinner that also saw the awarding of prizes to the participants, thanks to a dozens of sponsors and the June and Andrew Mlangeni Foundation.
The event was also graced by Deputy Minister of Presidency for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities, Prof. Hlengiwe Mkhize, General Moshoala, CEO’s of various companies and golfers.
According to organizers, the foundation has its roots in Dube, Soweto and was founded by Mlangeni in honour of his late wife who resided in Dube while he was in prison.
It was further revealed that the event was a celebration of the stalwart’s 94th years salute.
The outspoken stalwart bemoaned the state of the country’s economy and accused certain people of messing this country.
“There are some people who messed up this country. You know them. Zondo Commission is on and a lot of them are exposed. They stole money, not hundreds but billions.”
He also urged the state to confiscate everything they bought with that money.
“I am singing this song every day.”
Referring to the soaring femicide crime shenanigans in the country Mlangeni also challenged government to amend laws and consider bringing death sentence for people who commit such crimes.
“Its terrible! Animeni Madoda, Kwenzenjani?”
With tongue in cheek, He said. “Madiba died aged 95, Mugabe died aged 95, Maybe I am next. This must be the last time you see me.”
His son Sello Mlangeni told this reporter that proceeds of that tournament was going to be donated to orphanage homes, school kids and elderly people.
“This is what my late mother used to do over the years when she was still alive.” He said.
At the end of the event, Peter Fortuin, an artist from Ekurhuleni donated a massive portrait of Mlangeni.
On the sidelines, Prof. Hlengiwe Mkhize told this publication that Soweto has something special that connects with Mlangeni.
She also urged golfers to help Mlangeni with anti corruption campaigns.
“His voice is very powerful, important and authority especially to gender based violence and femicide.
This will go a long way.”
Mkhize also uged golfers to be government’s allies in fighting this scurge.
DID YOU KNOW?
Mlangeni is a rank and file member of the Soweto Country club.