Honour PAC/Apla heroes too
HISTORY books will be dubious if the names of Josiah Mucumi, Richard Motsoagae, Petros Ntshole and Thomas Molatlhegi are blackened or omitted instead of being mentioned in a quest to honour them.
These sons of Munsieville, who were later known as the Munsievile Four, were members of the PAC.
Their determination in furthering the aims of the thenbanned PAC and defending the masses against police brutality left them no choice but to heed the call to join Poqo, a predecessor of the Azanian People’s Liberation Army.
They operated around Krugersdorp, usually holding clandestine meetings in an open veld outside the township.
As Poqo intensified its attacks around the country, the four killed a police constable in Krugersdorp. They were later arrested.
During the trial they avoided associating their offence with politics. They rather claimed it was due to rivalry over a girlfriend.
However, they eventually admitted the offence was politically motivated, and were found guilty and sentenced to death. They were hanged the very same year.
The ropes of the gallows in Pretoria prison became a place of the martyred freedom fighters who deserved to be honoured for the role they played in the fight for liberation.
As we know, the political freedom we enjoy didn’t fall from the sky; it was won through the sweat and blood of many. Hence the reburial of the Munsieville Four won’t be enough. They need to be honoured. Joburg