It was a night of glitz and glam on Tuesday last week, where Mzansi’s who’s who gathered at Songezo Mjongile’s Foundation launch at the lavish Houghton Hotel in Johannesburg.
The event honoured the late political animal and activist Songezo Mjongile, whose life and fight against colon cancer remains a motivation.
Mjongile died from cancer in September last year. Before Mjongile passed away, he was very vocal and open about his illness. He spent some time educating his followers on social media and those around him about colon cancer.
The event was attended by Mjongile’s friends, family and former colleagues Mikki Xayiya, Brian Mosehla, Tokyo Sexwale, Lunga Ncwana, Tony Yengeni, Bantu Holomisa, Jeff Radebe alongside businessman Edwin Sodi.
Songezo’s wife Humile Mjongile gave a moving speech in honour of her late husband.
Reflecting on the last days, she spent with her husband, “My husband’s last words to me was, “Thanks for everything you ‘ve done for me. I appreciate you and I love you”
Speaking about the foundation, Humile said: ” The purpose of the foundation is to demystify the myths and remind people that cancer is a multifactorial disease that could be triggered by genetic mutation, environmental risks and lifestyle factors,” she said.
She explained that the aim of the foundation is to drive cancer prevention by promoting awareness, early detection and teatment for those affected.
” Our aim is to go nationwide with this foundation. We also want to procure testing kits to assist in early detection in order to curb the steady increase of cancer in disadvantaged communities,” Humile added.
Songezo sister, Zuziwe Mjongile-Dumile described Songezo as someone who was a giver who love people and there was never a dull moment around him.
Well respected businessman and anti-apartheid activist, Sexwale appealed to the guests to continue supporting the foundation.
“Songezo was always critical of the ANC, but never promoted functionalism within the party, ” Sexwale said.
Musician Langa Mavuso and jazz band Smoothies entertained the guests.
During the event, Songezo’s family received a suprise gift from national acclaimed granite artist Oscar Dlamini.
Dlamini said he decided to honour Songezo through this portrait and to comfort his family that they are also here for them to support this great initiative.
To find out more about the foundation, visit www.songezomjongilefoundation.co.za