PAC mourns Kgosana

Strug­gle stal­wart, who led the 100 000 strong anti-pass cam­paign in 1960 dies

The New Age (Gauteng) - - NEWS - TNA RE­PORTER

THE Pan African­ist Congress of Aza­nia (PAC) yes­ter­day said it was sad­dened by the sud­den death of strug­gle icon Phillip Ata Kgosana who passed away on Wed­nes­day.

He was ad­mit­ted to hos­pi­tal af­ter a short ill­ness and died at Ar­ca­cia Pri­vate Hos­pi­tal in Pre­to­ria, the PAC said.

PAC spokesper­son Ken­neth Mok­gatlhe said: “Ntate Kgosana needs no in­tro­duc­tion and is known to both his friends and foes. He was elected re­gional sec­re­tary of the PAC in the West­ern Cape when he was a stu­dent at the Univer­sity of Cape Town.

“He worked un­der the late strug­gle hero, Clarence Mak­wetu, who led the PAC to tran­si­tion from the lib­er­a­tion strug­gle to mod­ern pol­i­tics.”

Kgosana was en­trusted with a mam­moth task of lead­ing more than 100000 peo­ple in Cape Town dur­ing the Anti-Pass Cam­paign in 1960 which was or­gan­ised by the PAC un­der the lead­er­ship of renowned strug­gle vet­eran Robert Man­gal­iso Sobukwe.

The cam­paign started in Langa’s D Flats on March 21, 1960, the same day that a sim­i­lar march in Sharpeville, south of Johannesburg ended, with apartheid po­lice killing 69 pro­test­ers.

Kgosana fled to Ethiopia where he con­tin­ued his stud­ies and grad­u­ated with a de­gree in com­merce. He also worked for the UN as a pro­gramme de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer in 1972.

“He de­voted his en­tire life for the strug­gle of this coun­try. His cause changed and shaped the en­tire course of his­tory. He was also a cel­e­brated farmer who un­der­stood the sig­nif­i­cance of land,” Mok­gatlhe said.

A PAC del­e­ga­tion which in­cluded for­mer PAC pres­i­dent Stan­ley Mmut­lenyane Mo­goba, sec­re­tary-gen­eral Nar­ius Moloto, sec­re­tary for po­lit­i­cal af­fairs Jaki Seroke and re­tired gen­eral and last com­man­der of Apla Dan Romero Mo­fo­keng, vis­ited the Kgosana fam­ily at Karin Park in Pre­to­ria North yes­ter­day to pay their last re­spects.

Kgosana is sur­vived by his wife, Alice, three sons and two daugh­ters.

Cape Town mayor Pa­tri­cia de Lille yes­ter­day ex­tended the city’s con­do­lences to Kgosana’s fam­ily.

“It is with deep sad­ness that we mourn the pass­ing of a Pan-African­ist stal­wart, Philip Kgosana,” De Lille said.

“In recog­ni­tion of his con­tri­bu­tion to our coun­try, the city is pro­cess­ing a pro­posal to re­name De Waal Drive af­ter Philip Kgosana.

“As a valiant fighter in the strug­gle for free­dom, Kgosana ded­i­cated his life to the po­lit­i­cal cause, as the for­mer re­gional sec­re­tary of the PAC for the West­ern Cape.”

Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma also ex­tended his heart­felt con­do­lences on the death of the PAC stal­wart, free­dom fighter and for­mer Tsh­wane met­ro­pol­i­tan coun­cil­lor.

“We are deeply sad­dened by the pass­ing of this for­mer free­dom fighter who ded­i­cated his life to the lib­er­a­tion of the peo­ple of South Africa,” Zuma said.

“We wish to con­vey our deep­est con­do­lences to the Kgosana fam­ily and his po­lit­i­cal home, the PAC. May his soul rest in peace.”

Dates for a me­mo­rial and funeral ser­vice for Kgosana will be an­nounced at a later stage.

LOSS: Strug­gle icon and ded­i­cated PAC mem­ber Phillip Ata Kgosana died in Pre­to­ria this week.

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