A deserved farewell to liberation stalwart, Leornard Mdingi

A deserved farewell to liberation stalwart, Leornard Mdingi

Comrade Leornard Mdingi (1926 – 2013), was laid to rest in 2013 at his ancestors’ final resting place in the Emakhwantini village of the Eastern Cape.

During his years as a liberation activists, Mdingi worked alongside Ben Turok, President Jacob Zuma, Bantu Holomisa and many others.


During the liberation heritage research, the National Heritage Council conducted a research for the Liberation Heritage Route project with Comrade Mdingi, who was interviewed about his life experience during the apartheid era. The Council produced a short documentary of the stalwart’s mostly secretive operations. He offered this rare opportunity the NHC to record information of this nature just before he passed away.

“In this way, we pay tribute to Leonard Mdingi through this short documentary for his dedication to be part of the construction to a democratic country and we’ll continue to celebrate and honour other cadres who are discovered during our liberation heritage research” said Advocate Sonwabile Mancotywa.

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