Tears and tributes as ANC stalwart dies

The Star Early Edition - - POLITICS - BHEKI MBANJWA

TRIBUTES poured in yes­ter­day af­ter the death of SACP and ANC stalwart Kes­val “Kay” Moon­samy on Wed­nes­day night, aged 91. Moon­samy, a for­mer ANC MP, was de­scribed as a self­less free­dom fighter by his peers and com­rades.

Anti-apartheid ac­tivist Yo­gan Mood­ley said Moon­samy was a “beau­ti­ful friend and com­rade” who had en­trenched non-racial­ism in him.

“He was a non-racial­ist; he never be­lieved in trib­al­ism. He hated it and hated racism and sex­ism.”

Mood­ley added that Moon­samy, to­gether with SACP lead­ers such as Chris Hani and Joe Slovo, had been in­stru­men­tal in re­build­ing the SACP af­ter its un­ban­ning.

“What a lot of peo­ple do not know is that Chris Hani was killed af­ter he and Kay had just re­turned from a trip to China to fund-raise for the SACP.”

He was one of the 156 free­dom fight­ers charged in the Trea­son Trial of 1956. In 1965 he went into ex­ile in Lusaka and Dar es Salaam, where he con­tin­ued play­ing a role in both the ANC and the SACP.

He re­turned to the coun­try in 1991 and served as SACP na­tional trea­surer, and in 1999 was elected a mem­ber of Par­lia­ment. SACP gen­eral sec­re­tary Blade Nz­i­mande, who vis­ited Moon­samy last month, said the stalwart was dis­tressed about the state of the ANC and could not un­der­stand how the party “could sink to such depths”.

“It is com­rades like Kay Moon­samy who laid the foun­da­tions for our democ­racy. We owe him and his gen­er­a­tion a huge debt. Their sac­ri­fices can­not be in vain. We have to de­feat the par­a­sitic bour­geoisie and deepen and con­sol­i­date our democ­racy.”

Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma also paid trib­ute to Moon­samy, say­ing his death was an enor­mous loss to the coun­try. “He was one of the few re­main­ing el­ders who con­tributed im­mensely in the lib­er­a­tion strug­gle for our free­dom and democ­racy”.

Moon­samy’s daugh­ter, Ra­gani Naidoo, said her father had been ill for sev­eral months. While this was a dis­tress­ing pe­riod for the fam­ily, they were grate­ful for the sup­port from the SACP, the ANC, Cosatu and Zuma.

His funeral ser­vice is to­mor­row at the Clare Es­tate Cre­ma­to­rium at 11am.

KAY MOON­SAMY

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