ANC messed up Sobukwe funeral

FILE PICTURE: Nelisa Sobukwe (left), Zondeni Veronica Sobukwe and family friend Vaida Sokopo during the handover of land for a memorial museum to Robert Sobukwe in Graaff-Reinet.
FILE PICTURE: Nelisa Sobukwe (left), Zondeni Veronica Sobukwe and family friend Vaida Sokopo during the handover of land for a memorial museum to Robert Sobukwe in Graaff-Reinet.
Image: BRIAN WITBOOI/The Herald

PAC founding president Mangaliso Robert Sobukwe said we must fight for the right to call our soul our own. What PAC and Apla members did in Graaff-Reinet during the funeral of Mama Zondeni Veronica Sobukwe was fighting for the soul of the PAC and to call our soul our own.

If we had allowed the ANC to take over the funeral service of Mama Sobukwe from her family and the PAC, it would have been tantamount to engaging in debauchery.

The ANC government ignored instructions from the Sobukwe family and the PAC on how to conduct the funeral service. They even had the temerity to conduct the funeral service according to ANC rituals.

The SA anthem is an abomination to the PAC, and the SA flag has colours of the illuminati which is blasphemous to the PAC. The party has never sought or desired to conduct funeral services of ANC members. So why do they think they have the God-ordained right to conduct funeral services of members of the PAC, especially the wife of Robert Sobukwe?

President Cyril Ramaphosa had paid a visit to the late Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, and when she died she declared that she be given a state funeral which was run the way her family and the ANC wished.

When Mama Sobukwe was still alive, Ramaphosa did not even acknowledge her as a Struggle icon, let alone paying her a visit.

In his maiden speech in parliament, he mentioned all ANC women Struggle veterans but never mentioned Mama Sobukwe. He was compelled by the Black House Kollective to bestow a national honour on her. It was not out of his own volition.

About a month before Mama Sobukwe passed away, she was in a state hospital with inadequate medical equipment. Ramaphosa never sent her a "get-well-soon" message. So why did he sanction a state funeral for a person he didn't even care about? The PAC was well-prepared for the shenanigans.

Sam Ditshego, Kagiso

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