Dick Nkukhwana Mtsweni was a prominent figure within the ANC leaders in Mpumalanga region. Born in the humble surroundings of Emzinoni Village in Bethal, he was the only son of his parents, Fuduka Linah and Dick Mtsweni.

At the age of twenty-five (25), Dick Mtsweni was referred by his father, to the ANC Cadre in charge of their area. That Cadre was the inimitable Comrade Gert Sibande. Dick Mtsweni grew to become Comrade Sibande's assistant in Bethal" said Nora Mtsweni. On July 27, 1981, Dick Mtsweni and his wives reluctantly left for Gaborone, Botswana. The apartheid police and the SADF were continually harassing him. The fateful night of June 14, 1985 Dick Mtsweni was brutally murdered by the SADF.

On June 14, 1985, twelve people were killed in Operation Plecksy, where houses and offices occupied by Umkhonto weSizwe cadres were attacked by the SADF in Gaborone, Botswana.

Dick Nkukhwana Mtsweni was among the group of people who were ambushed on that day. He was aged 71years. Dick Mtsweni was born in the humble surroundings of Emzinoni Village, Bethal. He was the only son of his parents, Fuduka Linah and Dick Mtsweni senior.

Although Dick Mtsweni had no formal education, he was a very intelligent and influential figure. By the time he was a young adult, he was already well versed in his understanding of his environment and the politics that shaped it.

As the Second World War loomed in 1939, Dick Mtsweni took his wife Emma, Nonana. Afraid that his young family would grow to suffer all the indignities that were falling upon his race for centuries, he sought an effective way to avert that. Unsure of what to do, he considered the membership of a church as an option, but did not know which church to join.
 
It was at this juncture that Groot Slim Dick, as the whites derogatorily called his father, introduced his son to the ANC - it ‘s missions and objectives. "At the age of twenty-five (25), Dick Mtsweni's was referred by his father, to the ANC Cadre in charge of their area. That Cadre was the inimitable Comrade Gert Sibande. Dick Mtsweni grew to become Comrade Sibande's assistant in Bethal" said Nora Mtsweni.

This was the beginning of Dick Mtsweni's life long involvement with the struggle for the emancipation of our country and its people. From that early stage he embraced the ANC with enthusiasm and dedication. He enmeshed his body, soul and family into the liberation struggle without looking back. Dick Mtsweni's family shared his strong political belief. On August 9, 1956, his two wives actively participated in the Pretoria Women's march.

When the 1980's dawned with the apartheid government seemingly well entrenched, Dick Mtsweni reasoned that the tempo of the liberation struggle, especially the armed wing, had to be increased if we were ever to be freed. He urged his two sons - Philemon and the late Janjie Mtsweni to join Umkhonto weSizwe.

His sons left South Africa to receive military training. Unfortunately, their departure brought no rest of mind to Dick Mtsweni. The apartheid police and the SADF were continually harassing him. He was constantly in and out of prison. Dick Mtsweni and his family were no strangers to the foul tactics of the apartheid government.

Finally, on July 27, 1981, Dick Mtsweni and his wives reluctantly left for Gaborone, Botswana. On arrival in Gaborone, Dick Mtsweni re-integrated himself with the ANC and helped many young men and women to join the armed liberation wing in exile.

He faithfully served the ANC fulltime until the fateful night of June 14, 1985 when he was brutally murdered by the SADF.

Dick Mtsweni was a prominent figure within the ANC leaders in the Mpumalanga region.

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