DJ Oskido’s Father Dies From COVID-19
South African recording artist, DJ Oskido’s father, Esaph Mdlongwa, 73, has died due to Covid-19 related complications.
He had been admitted at a private hospital, Mata Dei in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, for almost a week. Family sources told TimesLIVE that he had endured a long battle with diabetes but had been admitted as a suspected Covid-19 patient.
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It’s with great sadness to let you know that I have lost my old man due to COVID19, a great man who inspired me to understand the value of life. So long Mdala, rest well. I will see you again in the next lifetime. You’ve showed us a way, shone the light and paved the way for us. Akwehlanga lungehlang 🙏🏽
Mdlongwa was a founding member of Zimbabwe’s biggest opposition party, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) which established in 1999 and led by the late Morgan Tsvangirai.
MDC Alliance vice-president Welshman Ncube said:
“He was firm, principled, compassionate, kind and trusting … He dedicated his entire life to the struggles of the working class, the poor and the downtrodden. The giant of a man, Esaph Mdlongwa, the consummate nationalist trade unionist cum politician who was a mentor and a father figure to those of us whom he took under his protective wing, departs this world when the country he loved so dearly is in great strife,” he said.
The MDC Alliance in a statement said:
“He was the party’s first organising secretary and is a former MP for Pumula-Luveve in Bulawayo. We are deeply saddened by this news and express our deepest condolences to his family.”
At the time of his death, Mdlongwa had retired from active politics choosing to guide leaders from behind the scenes.
In his youth, like many young men in Southern Africa, Mdlongwa went to SA and worked in mines. There he met Oskido’s mother, the late Emily Molefi.
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