Struggle stalwart remembered

2015-06-25 06:00
PHOTO: nokulunga ngobese

At the commemoration of Harry and#039;The Lionand#039; Gwala over the weekend (from left) Supa Zuma (ANC Moses Mabhida region secretary), Bongi Sithole-Moloi (PEC), Joe Mpisi (Gauteng Education Portfolio member), Panyaza L

PHOTO: nokulunga ngobese At the commemoration of Harry and#039;The Lionand#039; Gwala over the weekend (from left) Supa Zuma (ANC Moses Mabhida region secretary), Bongi Sithole-Moloi (PEC), Joe Mpisi (Gauteng Education Portfolio member), Panyaza L

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MARKING 20 years since the death of Harry “The Lion of the Midlands” Gwala­, the ANC Moses Mabhida region and the South African Communist Party (SACP) on Saturday hosted a rally at the Dambuza sports grounds in honour of the struggle stalwart.

Originally from KwaSwa-yimane, although he had a home KwaDambuza, Gwala was a teacher and a communist who was described as a war load for his uncompromising and militant stance.

At his commemoration Umgungundlovu District Mayor Yusuf Bhamjee said Gwala was one of the most powerful thinkers South Africa has ever produced.

“He was a marxist who was a strong believer in the principles of non-racialism. He ensured that the legacy of the revolution continued.”

Secretary of the South African National Civic Organisation (Sanco) Vusi Shangase said while the issue of land was close to Gwala’s heart, it remains unresolved. Addressing community members ANC Provincial Executive Council member Bongi Sithole-Moloi said the commemoration happened at the right time, when young people should be encouraged to take responsibility.

“We are grateful to have produced such a strong leader and young people should look up to him. He played a huge role in bringing about liberation. Young people should play a role in fighting against challenges affecting them however, destroying service delivery resources in order to voice their concerns is not the solution,” she said.

MEC of Education in Gauteng Panyaza Lesufi challenged politicians to live up to the spirit of Gwala as he was not a coward.

“Politicians should stop being cowards as Gwala actively spoke against cowardice. As the Gauteng province, we have adopted his name in some of our schools in order to motivate ourselves to change education.”

Ward 21 councillor Mtuza Mkhize described Gwala as a fearless leader who did not want to see African people suffering.

“[It has been] 21 years since the democratic dispensation, and Gwala would not be happy if he were to see that our people are still suffering, living in mud houses, and are have no access to basic infrastructure services.

“He was passionate about young people however, he wanted things to be done accordingly. Young people have the right to complain about service delivery, but they should follow proper channels.”

His son Linda said the family always remember him as someone who was passionate about youth upliftment and who fought for the truth.


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