Johannesburg – Chairman of Encha Group Tiego Moseneke – the brother of retired deputy chief justice Dikgang Moseneke – has died in a car crash.
“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Mr. Tiego Moseneke,” Family spokesperson Gontse Moseneke said on Thursday.
“Ntate Moseneke was involved in a car accident last night on his way home.
“The whole family is still in complete shock, and as we process this unfortunate incident, we request the public to give us space and privacy to deal with the inevitable eventualities.”
Details of the car crash have not yet been disclosed.
Meanwhile, the African National Congress (ANC) said it was “saddened and devastated” by the tragic news of the passing of “Comrade Tiego Moseneke”.
The ANC said: “Death has robbed the people of South Africa and the liberation movement of a committed and fearless activist who sacrificed his entire life for the freedom of his people.
“The people of South Africa are eternally grateful to Comrade Tiego for his selfless service to the nation.”
The ANC said history will remember Comrade Tiego as a fearless and uncompromising President of AZASO, an affiliate of the United Democratic Front, and a predecessor of the South African National Student Congress and South African Student Congress.
“He belonged to that generation of militant student activists who displayed ideological clarity in both their conduct and articulation,” the ANC said.
“This generation understood that they were members of their communities before they were students.
“Comrade Tiego was part of the fearless and death-defying Young Lions generation of President OR Tambo which heeded the clarion call to make the country ungovernable and apartheid unworkable.
“This is the generation that was inspired by the militant slogan: Freedom or death! Victory is certain! Like many of his generation, Comrade Tiego was detained and harassed by the apartheid security forces for his involvement in the liberation struggle.”
However, like a true revolutionary, Tiego remained resolute.
“He never wavered nor retreated in the face of the brutality and harassment he suffered in the hands of a heartless regime,” the ANC said.
“Following the unbanning of the liberation movement, Comrade Tiego served in the first executive committee of the then Pretoria-Witwatersrand-Vaal (PWV), now Gauteng, where he served with Comrades Tokyo Sexwale and Paul Mashatile, among others.
“Comrade Tiego also played a central role in the establishment of the Strategic Dialogue Group and contributed to its programmes.”
He remained a loyal member of the ANC and a distinguished servant of the people of South Africa until his last breath.
“All freedom-loving people of South Africa will sorely miss this dedicated, insightful, and articulate servant of our revolution,” said the ANC.
“The ANC conveys its heartfelt condolences to his family, comrades, and the broader democratic movement.
“We wish them strength and fortitude during this moment of grief.
“We hope they will find comfort in the knowledge that the entire nation shares in their pain.”