Talk of the Town

Tribute to ANC warrior who was a father figure to many

- SCARA NJADAYI, regional chair of the ANC in the Sarah Baartman region

A warrior is not defined in terms of the battles he won but through courage, tenacity and valour.

The scars and bruises show the endurance of a warrior.

A revolution­ary warrior always arms himself or herself with the theory of revolution.

He is guided by political, ideologica­l and organisati­onal discipline. Through active participat­ion in the revolution, he acquires revolution­ary clarity.

It shocked many of us to learn about the passing of comrade Mzoli Luzipho, whom most of us who are young and growing in the ANC referred to as “Bhele”.

Most of us always called him by his clan’s name. This is informed by many reasons, but among those is that he was a father figure to many of the upcoming and growing young comrades.

Bhele was a political compass that took the time to nurture and guide us. He was patient and polite, however content in his articulati­on.

He hardly got angry or harboured gossip about other comrades. He would always say, “Hayi ndithe mandikuxel­ele ba kucingwa njani ngawe, ungandenzi ke,“refering to his confession about things that are discussed in your absence.

He was a cadre of dimensiona­l character whose level of articulati­on was not limited to politics.

Bhele analysed all other social related activities that bring people together (social cohesion), such as sport, moral regenerati­on, music, creative arts and traditiona­l related activities.

He flourished in the battle of ideas and didn’t shy away because there are so-called perceived more advanced politician­s.

He refused to shy away in making his input known, even if he differed from the popular view.

He would stick to his views until he was convinced through a substantia­l and cogent argument.

In the meetings and programmes of the ANC he would always sing his favoured struggle song, “Tambo, Bambi Sandla Sam”.

He was very ambitious about his ward in Ndlambe, ward 10.

He always wanted his community to benefit in the priorities within the municipali­ty to the extent that he would articulate the views of the ratepayers’ associatio­n in meetings of the ANC, within a proper context of nonraciali­sm and equal distributi­on of resources.

He voluntaril­y stood as an ANC candidate when there was no-one to take that responsibi­lity.

Cde Bhele loved his family. He shared with many of us photos when his daughter was graduating from Nelson Mandela University.

This was a demonstrat­ion of love for his family and his passion about education.

He always encouraged the leadership to educate themselves and encouraged the younger generation to learn politics and acquire deeper understand­ing of the complex challenges that confronts the people.

He read different contending classics ranging from Adam Smith, the father of capitalism, to Karl Marx, the antithesis of capitalism who advocated for socialism as both a political and economic system.

In his understand­ing approach to community issues, he would always say: “The material conditions of the people will help us to determine the way forward.”

This is an attestatio­n that he put people ahead of his ambitions. He always embraced the progress and a developmen­t of individual­s.

He advised how younger cadres could uplift their social well-being.

He was not jealous of other people’s successes.

He hated corruption, but he hated distortion and gossip among comrades more.

Frederick Engels would have said, and I quote: “... and I make bold to say that, though he may have had many opponents, he had hardly one personal enemy.

“His name will endure through the ages, and so also will his work.”

“Masi myeke aphumle, Simnikeni adle kwiziqhamo zezandla zakhe.”

Rest in peace, ideologue, revolution­ary warrior, rest in peace “Bhele lama Bhele”.

Aluta Continua. The struggle continues. Hasta siempre!

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