'Sobukwe was committed to the liberation of all Africans'

On what would have been his 92nd birthday, Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe was remembered on #NightTalk with Sizwe Dhlomo.

In the words of Don Mattera, man feared the fire of his soul

Professor Simphiwe Sesanti, Associate Professor at Unisa’s Institute for African Renaissance Studies

Professor Simphiwe Sesanti, an Associate Professor at Unisa’s Institute for African Renaissance Studies, says that Sobukwe was a forthright person, and this could a reason why his legacy is not celebrated much in a time when honesty is not celebrated.

Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe was a Pan-Africanist revolutionary that was committed to the liberation of all Africans

Professor Simphiwe Sesanti, Associate Professor at Unisa’s Institute for African Renaissance Studies

After Sobukwe was sentenced to three years imprisonment in 1960, his sentenced was eventually extended after the so-called Sobukwe Clause was passed by the apartheid government.

Subsequently, Sobukwe was isolated from other prisoners on Robben Island, and remained under twelve hour house arrest when he left the island prison in 1969.

Mangaliso Sobukwe taught us very well that there is no way you can ever expect those that are in power to voluntarily relinquish their position

Professor Simphiwe Sesanti, Associate Professor at Unisa’s Institute for African Renaissance Studies

Professor Sesanti says that those in the PAC movement today are doing little to advance ideas and legacy of Sobukwe.

He says it is up to the the movement Sobukwe founded and enlightened to ensure his legacy lives on.

My position has always been Sobukwe taught the Africanists a sense of self-reliance, so they have no business to complain that these and those are neglecting Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe. They themselves have a responsibility to articulate the positions that Sobukwe was articulating, to celebrate him

Professor Simphiwe Sesanti, Associate Professor at Unisa’s Institute for African Renaissance Studies

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