The student uproar taking place at Rhodes University and at the University of Cape Town…
Sons and daughters of the soil, let me acknowledge with thanks your kind invitation to address this august gathering of pan africanists.
To the Pan Africanist Youth of today
It is now 35 years since the Soweto Youth Uprising hit the land of Azania, the world and ushered in a new phase in the struggle for the liberation of the oppressed masses of Azania. The focus of the uprising as we know was to challenge the racist forces of apartheid and colonialism and to call to a halt the attempt to enslave the mind of the African youth.
Lest we forget, it is important to set the record straight because we are aware that there is a concerted effort to distort the history of our struggle at every opportunity particularly since 1994. So much so an informed mind will think that the Soweto youth uprising was triggered by the brutal death of the young hector Peterson at the hands of the racist police whereas the fact is that youth resistance against Bantu Education and the apartheid state had been simmering long before 1976.
The Black Consciousness Movement (BCM) had been building strength on the campuses of our universities for years since 1967 with a straight confrontation between the black students and the National Union of South African Students (NUSAS). The mergence of SASO and its revolutionary stance on campuses shook the pillars of apartheid and it was clear that there was no going back for the black youths. The black power salute was visible both in the rural and urban areas as black consciousness surfaced with anger and frustration in the 1970’s.
The Pan Africanist Youth Congress (PAYCO) calls on Letlapa Mphahlele to step down immediately.
Recently, the WESTERN CAPE HIGH COURT Case Number 12174/2008, in the matter between Motsoko Pheko and Letlapa Mphahlele & Others ruled that the Constitution that was adopted at the National Congress on 04-06 July 2008, in terms of which Mphahlele was elected president, is null and void automatically nullifying Mphahlele and cronies’ title to PAC leadership.
Dear Mr. Nelson Mandela
We, the Africanists, used to regard you as an unselfish and modest man al beit cautiously; however political developments concerning name changes, amongst other issues, confirmed our worst fears – that you are not what you claim and is projected to be by the media. We therefore formally wish to record total vote of no confidence in you for reasons following hereunder.
ADDRESS OF THE PAN AFRICANIST YOUTH CONGRESS (PAYCO) ON THE OCCASION OF JUNE 16 1976 SOWETO UPRISING COMMEMORATION RALLY HELD ON TUESDAY 16 JUNE 2009 AT OURAAD SAAL IN THE CITY OF TSHWANE
It is exactly 33 years today since the heroic events of June 16 1976 Soweto Uprising unfolded. These events which spread throughout the whole country revived the militancy and vibrancy of the revolutionary struggle against minority white settler colonial class. This youthful contribution accelerated the struggle by leaps and bounds. We know that these events were part of a concerned effort by the PAC to take the struggle forward. Those leaders and activists who pioneered this decisive effort where hauled before the Bethal Court in the 18 Bethal Treason Trial.
The plan to overthrow then Apartheid government began as early as 1963 when Zephaniah “The Lion of Azania” Mothopeng was in the notorious Robben Island prison following his arrest during the PAC led Anti-Pass Campaign on the 21st March 1960. He was a member of the PAC National Leadership at the time.
1ST MAYIHLOME ANNUAL LECTURE HELD AND DELIVERED ON THE 30TH MAY 2009 AT HOTEL 224, CITY OF TSHWANE, ARCADIA
Mayihlome evokes memories of one’s engagement in the on-going societal struggles to assert their rights and class position. I don’t forget that in our days, back then as students, we had used Mayihlome as an effective tool to communicate our Africanist views. We have also done the same in the youth movement. So Mayihlome, whatever our different interpretations may be, has for some time been an associate of the young, dynamic Africanists.