Mothopeng followed dad's steps
FORMER freedom fighter and exile Loxley Mothopeng, who passed away at the weekend, will be laid to rest at Westpark Cemetery in Johannesburg tomorrow.
He was 70 years old.
He is the first born son of one of South Africa's foremost revolutionaries, teacher, mathematician and choir master Zephania "Uncle Zeph" Mothopeng.
Co-incidentally, Mothopeng will be buried on the 36th anniversary of the June 16 student uprisings which his father was sentenced to Robben Island for agitating after a secret trial in Bethal, Mpumalanga.
Mothopeng left for exile in 1963 after the apartheid regime's heavy country-wide crackdown on the banned PAC's internal underground network. This crackdown had been preceded by South Africa's security forces' raid on the PAC headquarters in Maseru, Lesotho.
Hundreds of PAC members were arrested from Johannesburg to Cape Town, while many went into exile. Mothopeng was among the latter group.
He arrived in Francistown, Botswana, before proceeding to Dar-es Salaam, Tanzania, where the PAC headquarters were to relocate later.
In the footsteps of his father, Mothopeng was a qualified teacher, specialising in mathematics. He also acquired a diploma in woodwork while in Kenya.
Mothopeng was deployed in Kenya where he joined other PAC members, where they canvassed support for the South African struggle and the PAC.
He is survived by two sons, six grandchildren, a sister and brother.
The funeral service will be held at his house at 22 Nuisield Road, Emmarentia, at 8am tomorrow , before proceeding to Westpark Cemetery.