Victoria Mxenge

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Victoria Mxenge
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Born (1942-01-01)1 January 1942
King William's Town, Eastern Cape
Died 1 August 1985(1985-08-01) (aged 43)
Umlazi, Durban, Natal
Nationality South African
Occupation lawyer, nurse
Known for anti-apartheid activist

Victoria Mxenge, (1 January 1942, King William's Town, Eastern Cape - 1 August 1985 Umlazi, Durban, Natal) was a South African anti-apartheid activist. Trained as a nurse and midwife, she began practising law.[1]


She became more politically active after her husband Griffiths, who had been banned earlier and detained by the National Party government, was murdered by Apartheid government agents led by Dirk Coetzee in Umlazi township south of Durban. He had multiple stab wounds and his body was found near the soccer field in Umlazi.

A prominent member of the United Democratic Front and the Natal Organisation of Women, she was part of the defence team for the UDF and Natal Indian Congress during the Pietermaritzburg Treason Trial. She was assassinated shortly before the trial. Her funeral was attended by 10,000 people, and letters of condolence were received from Nelson Mandela and Oliver Tambo amongst others. [2] Her murderers appeared before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.


Mxenge is one of four political activists honoured in Johnny Clegg's song Asimbonanga (Mandela).

In October 2005 the South African Ministry of the Environment launched the third and last Lillian Ngoyi class environmental patrol vessels named Victoria Mxenge in her honor.[1]


  1. ^ a b "SA's marine protection vessels". SAinfo. 2005-05-20. Retrieved 2011-12-04. "Victoria Mxenge and her husband Griffiths, both lawyers aligned to the ANC, were killed in Umlazi township in Durban, also by the apartheid government, in the 1980s."  mirror
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