Open letter to South Africa’s students‚ universities and government‚ represented by Minister in the .
Sowetan should be congratulated as probably the only daily that reported about the honouring of the founding president of the PAC, Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe, on Robben Island last Friday.
I agree with Sobukwe's family and the PAC that the ANC government has tried to write Sobukwe out of this country's history. We have always complained that Sobukwe's (especially) intellectual contribution to this country's struggle for liberation has been ignored.
One former PAC MPL who crossed the floor to the APC had asked me in 2007 to embark on a project to write about PAC leaders and identify and recommend places that could be named after them to keep their memories alive.
Recently, Sowetan wrote an article indicating that Dr Motsoko Pheko had been dropped from the PAC's election list, but Sowetan hardly wrote about the PAC's 2009 election manifesto.
As if this was not enough, your correspondent Don Makatile wrote an article about former Archbishop Njongonkulu Ndungane and the time he served on Robben Island, but failed to mention that Ndungane went there as a member of the PAC. The association is important to avoid the distortion of history and obfuscation that surrounds the PAC's contribution.
Why did Makatile hide Ndungane's association with the PAC? What was he and the Sowetan aiming to achieve?
Sam Ditshego, Kagiso