Makwetu wouldn’t have tolerated PAC divisions: Kgosana

PAC veteran Phillip Kgosana says late PAC President Clarence Makwetu wouldn’t have tolerated current divisions in the party. He was speaking at Makwetu’s memorial service in Pretoria.

The PAC has split into two factions, led by Letlapa Mphahlele and Luthando Mbinda.

The battle became evident in Sharpeville in March when fighting broke out between the two factions.

Kgosana says, “Makwetu wanted to see a single, one, united Pan Africanist Congress. He couldn’t have thought of anything else, with a single leadership of our party. On the 21st of March, I was at Sharpeville. I attended the commemoration there and in the hall there PAC people were fighting and I knew that Makwetu won’t stand this type of a thing.”

The Premier of the Eastern Cape, Phumulo Masualle, says Makwetu played an immense role in South Africa’s liberation struggle.

Makwetu died at a private hospital in Queenstown last week after a long illness.

Speaking during his visit to Makwetu’s Gwatyu farm, outside of Cofimvaba, Masualle has described the late anti-apartheid veteran as a great leader.

Masualle says government wants to ensure that the late struggle stalwart is buried in a dignified manner.

He says the province is elated that President Zuma has granted Makwetu a Special Provincial Official funeral.

We are so grateful that the president acceded our request for him to be accorded a deserving send-off and we were here to share that with the family

He says Makwetu deserves the honour.

“In this province, we pride ourselves of producing many outstanding leaders. He is one of them, who have made significant contribution in the struggle for liberation. We are so grateful that the President acceded our request for him to be accorded a deserving send-off and we were here to share that with the family.”

A memorial service will also held in Cofimvaba, on Thursday, for the late PAC stalwart.

Masualle has pledged the government’s support to the family.

“We are pleased the family seems to be strong and it’s got very strong support infrastructure and we think that the family is happy that he is going to get a decent send-off.”

Family spokesperson, Mazwi Makwetu, says the family is encouraged by Masualle’s visit.

“He made us to realise the whole country is mourning with us and this has instilled some kind of great strength within our minds and we will deal with the death and work on the burial of my uncle.”

Clarence Makwetu will be laid to rest at Hoyita Village, near Cofimvaba, in the Eastern Cape next Saturday.



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