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Azanla cadre fit for Heroes' Acre

By unknown | Apr 20, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Mpikeleni Duma

Mpikeleni Duma

The remains of Mongezi Daka, a former Black Consciousness Movement student activist and a cadre of the Azanian National Liberation Army (Azanla), will be reburied at Mangaung's Heroes' Acre soon.

Daka, 37, was buried during Easter weekend at the South Park Cemetery in Bloemfontein. He died after complaining about stomach problems.

According to his brother Mbuyiselo Daka, the family had taken a decision to rebury their unemployed son at Mangaung's Heroes' Acre.

ANC veteran and former Free State MEC for public works, roads and transport Sekhopi Malebo echoed the sentiments during the funeral, saying that Daka had been a hero and deserved to be buried properly. Also present at the funeral was Azanla's former commander, Fani Sekoere.

Malebo said Mangaung's Heroes' Acre was not for the exclusive use of one political party. He said liberation activists, irrespective of which party they belonged to, could not be refused burial at the iconic cemetery.

Mbuyiselo said plans had already started for the reburial and Youth Day, June 16, was the likely day.

"Daka took part in the national struggle for the liberation of his country.

"He sacrificed his youth and joined Azanla so that everybody should be free.

"We are consulting with the government, the municipality, the undertaker and political organisations for the event. We want it to be one of the biggest reburials of a revolutionary in the Free State," said Mbuyiselo.

Daka, while in exile, was based in Lesotho, Botswana and Zimbabwe.


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