egendary radio DJ Oskido, real name Oscar Bonginkosi Mdlongwa has announced on Thursday that his father has succumbed to COVID-19!
“It’s with great sadness 2 let you know that I have lost my old man due to COVID19, a great man who inspired me to understand the value of life. So long Mdala, rest well. I will see you again in the next lifetime. You’ve shown us a way & shone the light Akwehlanga lungehlang,” announced Oskido.
“Mr. Mdlongwa. Rest in Power,” wrote son Junero Mdlongwa, who is currently pursuing his football interests abroad.
“Condolences to you & your family. 🙏🏽❤️😭,” wrote Bonang Matheba.
“May his soul rest in peace ❤️,” DJ Tira.
“Condolences Oskido 🙏🏾 Sending you, Bobstar, and the family my prayers 🌹,” Bridget Masinga.
Oskido is the son of a Zimbabwean politician and a South African woman known as Emily, who was born in the Oukasie township near Brits. His father is Esaph Mdlongwa, who was a former member of the Welshman Ncube-led MDC.
“He was a great storyteller of a democratic nationalist trade unionist cum politician who was a mentor and a father figure to those of us whom he took under his protective wing,” MDC vice president Prof Welshman Ncube told ZimLive – speaking to ZimLive.com.
Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga, who became an MP when the MDC first entered parliament in 2000, a year after its formation, added: “Zimbabwe will never have a political organizer like him. He had a charisma and a drive that made the MDC a true workers’ party and a mass party that was recognized the world over.”
Esaph Mdlongwa worked in mines in South Africa early in his youth, where he met his first wife Emily Molefi, with whom he had his first child – the music legend Oscar ‘Oskido’ Mdlongwa.
Esaph Mdlongwa returned home and worked for many years at the National Railways of Zimbabwe, where he became very active as a trade unionist.
When the MDC was formed in 1999, it drew most of its top leadership from the trade unions and students, among them Mdlongwa. – ZimLive.com.