We sometimes forget the role that individuals, organisations and religious leaders played in halting the violence in KwaThema in the mid 1990s.
That the Selope Thema branch of the ANC organised a memorial tombstone at the weekend honouring activists Keketso Moeketsane and Papi Ndlovu must be seen as paying deserved tribute to our past.
These men put their lives on the line when many others had lost all hope of finding a solution to ending the senseless killings of those times.
Moeketsane and Ndlovu succeeded in ending the reign of terror by thugs masquerading as students. They were exposed and brought to book.
The honoured activists were not motivated by self glory but guided by their revolutionary understanding of the problems facing the community they served.
The tributes by Mayor Duma Nkosi and MEC Khabisi Mosunkutu also spelt out the need for people to take charge of their own destiny.
We can do this by ensuring that we do not produce a society paralysed by socio-economic problems, but rather a society which is able to master our president's call of inculcating the spirit of ubuntu and vukuzenzele (doing things for yourself).
By so doing, we will honour the legacy of our unsung heroes and let their spirit guide and nurture our vision of creating a better country and a better world.
Pule Malefane, Ekurhuleni