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SABC stifles Sobukwe's ideas

By unknown | May 11, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

I WILL refuse until my last breath to be complicit in suppressing the dynamic ideas of the PAC's founding president Mangaliso Robert Sobukwe.

Giving a memorial lecture on Sobukwe, the late Professor Eskia Mphahlele asked what type of society is ours that ignores its intellectual ancestors.

The ANC-controlled SABC as an institution, not its individual programme producers, is guilty of suppressing the ideas of Sobukwe - especially on Morning Live and WeekendLive

And this is the public broadcaster of our country, for goodness sake!

The apartheid regime had a reason, though unjustified, for suppressing his ideas. It paradoxically both feared and respected him.

Sobukwe was also discussed in Parliament by both the ruling National Party members and their UnitedParty "opposition" which wasn't opposed to extending - every year for five years - "The Sobukwe Clause", an unprecedented piece of legislation that was meant to keep him indefinitely in detention without trial after he had completed his three-year jail sentence for leading the anti-pass campaign on March 21 1960.

He was the only person in this country or in the world to ever have legislation enacted specifically for him.

I can e-mail an interview he gave in Kimberley in 1970 while under the restrictive banning order to anybody interested to learn at first hand the clarity and foresight of his philosophy.

The NP feared Sobukwe's ideas and now we find the the ANC and the SABC are also afraid of his ideas.

If the views of Sobukwe were - or are - false and misleading, then they should be challenged on that score and not by blatantly suppressing them.

Sam Ditshego, Kagiso


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