/ 4 January 2008

ANC saddened by Sisulu death

The African National Congress (ANC) was saddened by the ”untimely death” of Mlungisi Sisulu, the son of Max and Elinor Sisulu, it said on Friday.

”The ANC extends its heartfelt condolences to the Sisulu family, his colleagues at the Department of Foreign Affairs and friends,” ANC head of the Presidency Smuts Ngonyama said in a statement.

According to the Foreign Affairs Department, Sisulu, who was in his late 30s, died in London early on Thursday morning.

Sisulu died of cerebral malaria, Mamoepa said.

Sisulu, the first secretary of the South African embassy in Khartoum, Sudan, was on a visit to London at the time of his death.

Mlungisi, who joined the Department of Foreign Affairs in 1999, previously served as the first Secretary in the South African embassy in Prague, Czech Republic.

”We pay homage to this servant of the people whose dedication and commitment to serve our nation with honour and integrity will be missed.

”The ANC will forever treasure the contribution made by Mlungisi and the rest of the Sisulu family in the struggle for liberation and the building of our democracy”.

On Thursday, Foreign Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma extended condolences to the family. — Sapa