A nation that does not remember its history, or fails to honour its heroes, is lost.
Director-general of the Presidency Reverend Frank Chikane reminded us of this notion when he lauded and organised a ceremony for some of our unsung heroes.
Civilised nations the world over do it.
Thus we want to jog South Africans about a day not to be forgotten in the history of our struggle: the 30th anniversary of the death of Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe, the founding father of the Pan Africanist Congress (PAC).
Not only the ailing PAC should remember "Prof", as Sobukwe was fondly called, but all South Africans.
This is the man whose ability to move the masses against the apartheid that made him the regime's enemy number one.
This is the man who spearheaded the Sharpeville protest. This is the man who prompted the "Sobukwe Clause", enabling the oppressors to keep him on Robben Island long after he had served his sentence.
His pronouncement on land is also the bedrock of current legislation on redistribution.
Long live the spirit of Robert Sobukwe.