PAC mourns death of stal­wart

The Star Late Edition - - POLITICS - RAPULA MOATSHE

TRIB­UTES con­tin­ued to pour in yes­ter­day fol­low­ing the news that PAC Strug­gle stal­wart Philip Kgosana had died. Kgosana died of colon cancer on Wed­nes­day at 5pm at the Aka­sia Net­care Hospi­tal, in Karen Park, Pre­to­ria, at the age of 80. A PAC del­e­ga­tion led by sec­re­tary-gen­eral Nar­ius Moloto and sec­re­tary for po­lit­i­cal af­fairs Jaki Seroke made their way to Kgosana’s home in Karen Park yes­ter­day af­ter­noon to pay their last re­spects. Moloto said the party was sad­dened by Kgosana’s loss but happy with the self­less con­tri­bu­tion he had made He to said the Kgosana Strug­gle. joined the party at a young age and un­der­went mil­i­tary train­inghe achievedin An­gola,the rank whereof colonel. “He be­lieved in the devel­op­ment of the coun­try and fo­cused on the devel­op­ment of com­mu­ni­ties,” he said. Moloto said Kgosana was the brains be­hind the establishment of a farm­ers’ as­so­ci­a­tion in Win­ter­veld, north of Pre­to­ria. “He wanted com­mu­ni­ties to be self-suf­fi­cient and pro­duce their own food. He was per­sis­tent in what he be­lieved in,” he said. Moloto said the party would miss Kgosana’s role in the com­mem­o­ra­tion of the Langa march and Sharpeville mas­sacre. Kgosana led more than 50 000 anti-pass law pro­test­ers from Langa in Cape Town, in a march to Par­lia­ment on March 30, 1960. He was then the re­gional sec­re­tary of the PAC in the West­ern Cape. Kgosana’s old­est son, Mohla­bani, said: “There is more to be pleased about his life than to be bro­ken by his death.” He said his father had lived his life to the full. “He was a very strong per­son. He was still mak­ing jokes even on a hospi­tal bed. We are pained, but also re­ally grate­ful,” he said. Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma ex­tended his heart­felt con­do­lences on the sad pass­ing of Kgosana, who was also a for­mer coun­cil­lor at the City of Tsh­wane. Zuma said: “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. We wish to con­vey our deep­est con­do­lences to the Kgosana fam­ily and his po­lit­i­cal home, the Pan African­ist Congress. May his soul rest in peace.” The DA ex­pressed its heart­felt con­do­lences to the fam­ily and loved ones of Kgosana. “Ntate Kgosana was a brave and de­voted free­dom fighter, who ded­i­cated his life to the eman­ci­pa­tion of black South Africans,” the party said. It praised Kgosana for his fear­less role in the Strug­gle against apartheid. “He con­tin­ued to fight for equal­ity and fair­ness in post-apartheid South Africa.” Kgosana is sur­vived by his wife, Alice, and five chil­dren.

He was per­sis­tent in what he be­lieved in

PHILIP Ata Kgosana – the world mourns. It is be­cause of your in­deli­ble con­tri­bu­tion to the lib­er­a­tion strug­gle of South Africa that the world be­came more aware of the atroc­i­ties of the apartheid regime.

As a young man, aged 23, you had the nerve to lead a strong mass of peo­ple, in­clud­ing hos­tel-dwellers in Langa town­ship, out­side Cape Town, to protest against the hated pass sys­tem.

You com­pro­mised your stud­ies at the pres­ti­gious Univer­sity of Cape Town to serve the down­trod­den peo­ple of South Africa.

Un­like oth­ers you had a bur­sary to pur­sue your BCom stud­ies with­out fail, but you chose the Strug­gle above ev­ery­thing else.

You, like the found­ing pres­i­dent of the PAC, Robert Man­gal­iso Sobukwe, were a shin­ing ex­am­ple of a true leader in the course of the Strug­gle.

Sobukwe had a plum job as an African stud­ies lec­turer at the Univer­sity of Wit­wa­ter­srand at the time of his ar­rest on March 21, 1960.

He led the march to Or­lando po­lice sta­tion against the hated pass laws and handed him­self over for ar­rest. So, too, did you – nine days later in Cape Town when you led more than 30 000 to the apartheid Par­lia­ment.

It is our wish that the younger gen­er­a­tion take a leaf from your pages of courage, in­clud­ing the de­sire to self­lessly serve the in­ter­est of the peo­ple of South Africa.

How can we for­get that you played a ma­jor role in en­sur­ing that the UN en­dorsed the dec­la­ra­tion that apartheid was a crime against hu­man­ity? In­deed, it was.

You fought the bat­tle. Rest in peace, Son of the Soil.

PIC­TURE: YAZEED KAMALDIEN

LANGA LEG­END: Philip Kgosana was 23 when he led thou­sands of peo­ple in a march against apartheid’s pass laws in Cape Town on March 30, 1960. In this file pic­ture taken in March last year, he re-en­acted the jour­ney from Langa, where this mu­ral was painted in his hon­our.

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