Ex-PAC leader Kgosana dies

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JO­HAN­NES­BURG — Former Pan African­ist Congress leader Philip Kgosana has died at the age of 80.

Kgosana led a 30 000-strong march against pass laws from Langa to Cape Town in 1960.

The EFF sent its con­do­lences yes­ter­day and said Kgosana’s ac­tions serve as a re­minder of the im­pact young peo­ple can make.

“With this, we are re­minded that there is no such a thing as be­ing too young to carry the ba­ton of the quest of the rev­o­lu­tion. In fact, it is the duty of the youth to guard the down­trod­den from the fal­la­cies of an op­pres­sive gov­ern­ment,” EFF spokesper­son Mbuyiseni Nd­lozi said.

Nd­lozi said the EFF hon­ours and cel­e­brates the life of Kgosana and fur­ther re­it­er­ates his sen­ti­ments that un­der an African gov­ern­ment “there should be no child who sleeps on an empty stom­ach or stud­ies un­der a tree”.

“The com­pas­sion shared and shown by Kgosana to­wards the eman­ci­pa­tion of black peo­ple in South Africa will live on be­yond the grave,” he said.

Kgosana grad­u­ated from Lady Sel­borne High School in Pre­to­ria in 1958. He was awarded a bur­sary to study com­merce at the Univer­sity of Cape Town.

He left his stud­ies in Jan­uary 1960 when he be­came re­gional sec­re­tary of the PAC for the Western Cape.

Mean­while, Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma has joined the cho­rus of con­do­lences for Kgosana.

Zuma ex­tended his con­do­lences to the 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. 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,” Zuma said. — Sapa BLAN­TYRE — A rights group in Malawi has re­port­edly slammed the gov­ern­ment’s slow pace in pros­e­cut­ing those who have been ac­cused of per­se­cut­ing and killing peo­ple who have al­binism. Al­jazeera re­ported that ac­cord­ing to the na­tional co-or­di­na­tor for the As­so­ci­a­tion of Per­sons with Al­binism in Malawi, Boni­face Mas­sah, the gov­ern­ment was only com­mit­ted in words to the fight against the scourge of mur­ders and at­tacks af­fect­ing peo­ple liv­ing with al­binism.

Mas­sah said there was a rise in at­tacks against peo­ple liv­ing with the in­her­ited ge­netic con­di­tion and this was caus­ing peo­ple liv­ing with the con­di­tion to live in fear.

He added that the gov­ern­ment’s fail­ure in fi­nal­is­ing cases was a clear in­di­ca­tion that “se­cu­rity has not im­proved, leav­ing the es­ti­mated 10 000-strong com­mu­nity vul­ner­a­ble and anx­ious”.

“We face a high risk of at­tacks and we have seen gov­ern­ment com­mit­ment in words, but not in ac­tion,” Mas­sah was quoted as say­ing.

A gov­ern­ment of­fi­cial has, how­ever, dis­pelled the claims say­ing that gov­ern­ment is aware of the chal­lenges but that there has been a re­duc­tion in crimes against those with al­binism.

As in other parts of Africa, peo­ple with al­binism in Malawi are killed for their body parts, which are sold for witch­craft.

Ac­cord­ing to rights group Amnesty In­ter­na­tional, peo­ple with al­binism in the south­ern African coun­try are be­ing tar­geted in an “un­prece­dented wave of bru­tal at­tacks”.

The group blamed the po­lice for fail­ing to tackle “a scourge fu­elled by rit­ual prac­tices”.

At least 115 peo­ple with al­binism — a hered­i­tary con­di­tion that causes an ab­sence of pig­men­ta­tion —have been at­tacked across Malawi since 2015. The rights group fur­ther said that at least 35 cases have been pros­e­cuted, while 43 others are un­der investigation.

No mur­der cases have been con­cluded. — AFP

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