Struggle stalwart and former Robben Island prisoner Laloo Chiba has died, the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation announced on Friday.
The 87-year-old recently suffered a mild heart attack and was hospitalised. He was later discharged and passed away at his home in Lenasia.
His death comes just days after the country commemorated four years since the death of his fellow former Robben Island prisoner, Nelson Mandela -- who passed away on December 5 in 2013.
Chiba's friend and comrade, Eddie Daniels, has also recently died (on November 29).
Condolences to the family and friends of former Robben Island prisoner Eddie Daniels who has passed on. (Daniels is seen in this photo with fellow Robben Islander Laloo Chiba just a few weeks ago.) #EddieDaniels pic.twitter.com/LW7lBuSz97— Kathrada Foundation (@KathradaFound) November 30, 2017
South Africans have since taken to Twitter to pay tribute to the former Umkhonto we Sizwe platoon commander.
Deeply saddened to hear of the death of struggle stalwart Laloo Isoo Chiba #LaooIsuChiba May his friends and loved ones find strength during this sad time. @SAMNET786 @YasieraS @mmdarsot pic.twitter.com/JqNvBuk9ID— Maqsuda (@MaqsudaMotala) December 8, 2017
Anti-apartheid struggle icon and Robben Islander, Laloo Chiba (Uncle Isu) has passed away. pic.twitter.com/8bPctji97b— Yusuf Abramjee (@Abramjee) December 8, 2017
Lala ngo'xolo Uncle Laloo Isu Chiba.— "Unity" (@AngekeBalunge) December 8, 2017
Today and everyday, we are grateful for your fearless toil😢 pic.twitter.com/kkRRLrSjDw
Chiba is survived by his wife Luxmi, and his three daughters and grandchildren.
He also served as a board member of the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation.
According to the foundation, details of his funeral will be made public as soon as they are confirmed.