PAC relives anti-pass march to parliament

Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) veteran Philip Kgosana led a march to mark the 56th anniversary of the party’s anti-pass laws campaign in Cape Town in 1960.

The campaign started in Langa’s D Flats on March the 21st 1960, the same day that a similar march in Sharpeville, south of Johannesburg, ended with apartheid police killing 69 protesters.

Kgosana, who’s turning 80 this year, was a 23-year-old University of Cape Town (UCT) student when he led the Langa march. He says South Africans should not forget the party’s contribution to the liberation struggle.

On Wednesday, he retraced steps he made 56 years ago. He still vividly recalls the events of 1960.

Kgosana says the PAC’s role must not be forgotten. But now, the PAC is wracked by divisions, with two factions having held elective conferences in 2015.

Its Western Cape leaders however won’t own up. Western Cape PAC chairperson Kenny Bafo says, “We have resolved that [as] the Western Cape structure and also as a national structure to never entertain the concept of two PACs. Because we are of the view [that] the concept of two PACs is nothing but a media construct … this thing of two PAC is nothing but a plot to derail the PAC.”

Kgosana says he will march every year in honour of the party.

– By Carmel Loggenberg Roberts


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