MUT mourns the death of prominent businessman Mlungisi “Lungi” Sisulu, brother of MUT Chancellor, Lindiwe Sisulu (MP) who passed away on Tuesday at a Johannesburg hospital where he was under treatment for pancreatic cancer. Lungi is the second son of Walter and Albertina Sisulu.
He is survived by his wife Sheila‚ son Linda‚ daughters Nontsikelelo and Boitumelo‚ daughter-in-law Maseeiso‚ sons-in-law Mlulami Singapi and Peter Shivute and grandchildren Soyisile‚ Siviwe‚ Nomayira‚ Xhamela‚ Nokwindla and Namene.
Like his siblings Max, Zwelakhe and Lindiwe‚ Lungi suffered his share of arrests‚ the first with his sister Beryl when he was only 12 years old. He was also arrested a few more times including as a teenager while attending the Rivonia Trial that ended in his father Walter Sisulu‚ Nelson Mandela and others receiving a life sentence on Robben Island.
A statement released by the Sisulu family read: “While his brother Max and sister Lindiwe were in exile and his brother Zwelakhe was in and out of detention‚ the family said it was Lungi who their mother Albertina relied on most for support to, amongst others, raise his younger sister Nkuli‚ especially during the 18 years that she was restricted by banning orders.
“In addition to keeping the Sisulu home fires burning‚ Lungi played an active role in the ANC underground structures in the 1980s‚ harbouring Umkhonto weSizwe units in Shop 7‚ at great risk to himself. Lungi provided unstinting support to his brother Jongi Sisulu and other MK cadres during the terrorism trials of the 1980s.”
We extend our condolences and support to the family and friends of the late Mlungisi during their period of mourning.