Zuma pays tribute to Martha Mahlangu

Mahlangu is the mother of MK soldier Solomon Mahlangu who was hanged by the apartheid government.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma paid tribute to Solomon Mahlangu's mother Martha Mahlangu at her funeral in Pretoria on Saturday 22 March 2014. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma has paid tribute to Martha Mahlangu, the mother of Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK) soldier Solomon Mahlangu at her funeral in Pretoria on Saturday.

She died last week at the age of 89 at the Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Pretoria.

Mahlangu was the first MK member to be hanged by the apartheid government.

Zuma says he always thought Martha Mahlangu would beat her illness, but lost the fight.

Zuma used words like "resilient mother" and "great patriot" to describe her.

The president also used the opportunity to pay tribute to all parents who went through the similar pain of losing a child as a result of the brutality of the apartheid regime.

Solomon Mahlangu was executed in the Pretoria Central Prison in April 1979.

He was found guilty of two counts of murder and three of terrorism by the apartheid government.