At CapeTalk/702 we end Women’s Month with a conversation with the woman who raised Robben Island’s youngest prisoner and one of the most important figures of democratic South Africa.
Karabo Mable Moseneke is the mother to Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke and she turned 90 years old this month.
At the age of 15 Moseneke was arrested, detained and convicted for participating in political activities as a member of the Pan Africanist Congress (PAC). He was the youngest prisoner to be taken to Robben Island.
I was 15 and Mme was 38 years old, so she was 23 years when was born; newlywed and 15 years later I disappear— Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke
While Moseneke was on Robben Island he matriculated and obtained a BA (English & Political Science) and a Bjuris through Unisa. He subsequently completed an LLB, also through Unisa.
He says his mother stood by him for the 10 year he spent in Robben Island. Being a school teacher, Mrs Moseneke made use of the school holidays to visit her son in prison.
She says she would drive from Gauteng to CapeTown, sleep in the staff quarters just to see her son for 30 minutes.
It was simply terrible. We spent 10 years going to Robben Island every year that he was there— Karabo Mable Moseneke
I was used to cry the minute I saw those Robben Island gates— Karabo Mable Moseneke
Here are some of the twitter responses to the topic:
@RediTlhabi This motseneke interview is making me reflect on my own mother. Mothers who carry children with their teeth daily.— Vusi Ndabeni (@Vus1K) August 31, 2015
@RediTlhabi What an interview with Mom Moseneke eish may Godless them Viva— Zwidesto (@nxumalo4) August 31, 2015
@RediTlhabi The judge's mother is an inspiration.And have to agree with her. All strenght is from God— Jennifer Pillay (@jen_pillay) August 31, 2015
Enjoying your show @RediTlhabi ! Devastated to have to go to work now and miss the rest!— Nick Boraine (@NickBoraine) August 31, 2015
Listen to the full conversation on The Redi Tlhabi Show: