Dedicated activist will be missed

2017-09-27 06:01
The late Moulana Rashad Mobara.Photo: Supplied

The late Moulana Rashad Mobara.Photo: Supplied

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The South African Communist Party (SACP) in the Northern Cape mourns the death of Moulana Rashad Mobara after his fight against cancer.

Mobara died on Thursday, 14 September, and was buried on Friday, 15 September.

He also lost his wife to cancer in June 2016.

The SACP in the pro-vince sent its heartfelt condolences to the Mobara family for their loss.

Mobara matriculated at the Floors High School in Kimberley, after which he went to the University of Cape Town to study dentistry.

There his activism and love for politics was reportedly uncovered, leading him to become actively involved in the ANC.

He then proceeded to a Darul uloom, or house of knowledge, in New Castle. He graduated as a Moulana, a Muslim religious scholar, six years later.

According to the SACP, it was due to Mobara’s discipline and commitment to the movement that he was entrusted with safely bringing late President Nelson Mandela from Botswana to South Africa in the early 1990’s.

Mobara is commended for being instrumental in the establishment of a VIP protection unit in the South African Police Service.

He also organised a march in solidarity with the oppressed people of Bosnia in 1995 after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

At least 30 000 Muslim Bosnians were killed in an ethnic cleansing campaign that was orchestrated by Slobodan Milosevic, the president of Yugoslavia at the time.

“Having experienced Apartheid for himself, he has always been at the forefront raising the Palestinian flag and has alwayssupported the quest for liberation,” Micia Moncho of the SACP said in a tribute message.

“He worked tirelessly and was very much involved in the Boycott Divestment and Sanction of South Africa campaign in raising awareness and highlighting the plight of the oppressed people of Palestine.”

According to the tribute message, Mobara was known for living by Mandela’s words: “Our freedom as South Africans can never and will never be fulfilled without the freedom of the Palestinians.”

Mobara was regarded and respected as a true human rights champion and he always sought to raise awareness and expose the abuse of human rights.

His activism is reported to have transcended across religious, ethnic, political, racial and gender barriers.

Despite having faced numerous challenges in the movement, he remained loyal to the movement, it’s values and what it stood for.

He dedicated his time in service of the poor, aiming to uplift the economically depressed communities through his volunteer work at the Gift of the Givers foundation.

He will also be remembered for serving as the chairman of the Teemaneng Community Radio Station.

Mobara also helped board and was a members of the Helen Joseph boardto establish the Housing Support Centre in Galeshewe.

He wanted to give relief to communities in Kimberley by providing food to those who could not afford it.

“Indeed, the movement has lost a great, dedica-ted and disciplined man.”

A memorial service will be held by the SACP on Thursday (28/09) at the City Hall.

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