The office of President Jacob Zuma has send condolences massage after knowing of the sudden passing of MK member Solomon Mahlangu's mother.(SABC)
The Presidency has expressed regret that the mother of Mkhonto weSizwe freedom fighter Solomon "Kalushi" Mahlangu has not lived to see South Africa's tribute to her son's legacy.
Martha Mahlangu died on Wednesday at Pretoria's Steve Biko Academic Hospital. President Zuma had visited the Congress Movement stalwart two days earlier and she, together, with her grandchild attended February's State of the Nation address in Cape Town as the President's special guest.
Her son, Solomon was one of the youngest members of the ANC's armed wing, who was hanged by the apartheid government at the age of 23 for his political activities.
Presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj says President Zuma will on Friday launch a bursary fund dedicated to the young hero. The Solomon Mahlangu Fund was established by the National Youth Development Fund in the Presidency in honour of Solomon Mahlangu.
The Presidency says it is intended to assist young people in accessing higher education, compete favourably in the labour market and contribute to skills development.
The Presidency has announced that on the day of the launch President Zuma will bestow awards to well deserving South African youth who will pursue full time studies that fall within the priority group sectors critical and scarce skill sectors as outlined in the labour planning framework of the country.