03 March 2017
The Department of Military Veterans sends its deepest condolences to Monde Colleen Mkhunqwana ’s family and friends. We thank them for having borrowed us this icon of the struggle of liberation of the South African people.
The Department of Military Veterans’ and the military veterans’ community as a whole has lost a towering giant and a father to countless generations of activists. May his soul rest in everlasting peace knowing that his role in building our country’s future will never be forgotten, as a people we owe it to him and generations before that our vision of a united, democratic, non-racial, non-sexist and prosperous society comes to pass.
Monde Colleen Mkhunqwana affectionately known as Mountain was born 20 April 1939 in East London at Tsolo section of the East Bank. He joined underground structures of the African National Congress in the 1960s. This was after the leadership took a decision to continue with the struggle underground subsequent to the banning of the ANC by the racist regime of the Nationalist Party under the leadership of the hostile and cruel Dr H.F Verwoerd who was the architect of apartheid.
In the formation of Umkhonto Wesizwe in December 1961, comrade Monde was one of dedicated force in the border region to form the local structure of MK. At that time comrade Washington Bongco was field commander. In July 1963 Comrade Monde and many other comrades throughout the country were detained under this notorious Act. He was detained at Fleet Street Police Station by security branch Detectives’ Sgt Donald John Card, Sgt Scheepers with their team played a leading role in this ugly and unpalatable exercise.
After several reprimands, formal indictments were served in February 1964 and comrade Monde’ s group appeared before Judge President Jennet of the Supreme court in Queenstown in February/March 1964 facing a charge of furthering the aims of a banned organization (ANC) and sabotage. They were subsequently found guilty and convicted. Comrade Monde was sentenced to fourteen years (14) imprisonment. The entire duration of his incarceration was served in Robben Island.
Mbulelo Musi (Departmental Spokesperson) 082 338 3890