Honour PAC/Apla he­roes too

The Star Early Edition - - LETTERS - Mpumelelo Ru­lu­mente

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

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