Cape Town mulls renaming De Waal Drive after Philip Kgosana

2017-04-20 19:56
Struggle hero Philip Kgosana. (Alide Dasnois, GroundUp)

Struggle hero Philip Kgosana. (Alide Dasnois, GroundUp)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Cape Town - The City of Cape Town is considering changing the name of its famous De Waal Drive in honour of Pan Africanist Congress of Azania (PAC) stalwart Philip Kgosana, who died at the age of 80 on Thursday.

Extending the city's condolences to his friends and family, Mayor Patricia de Lille, herself a former PAC MP, announced this in a tribute to the activist.

Her spokesperson Zara Nicholson told News24 the proposal was submitted by former Cape Times editor Tony Heard a while back and it has been in the pipeline. It could go to the naming committee in May, to be followed by a chance for the public to comment on the suggestion.

Kgosana famously led the mobilisation of around 30 000 from Langa and Nyanga to Cape Town on 30 March 1960, following the Sharpeville massacre of March 21 of the same year.

"I was honoured to have known and stood alongside Kgosana during the darkest days of apartheid and drew from his determination as we fought together to realise freedom, justice, and equality for the people of our country," De Lille said in a statement.

"Fellow South Africans and I will forever remember him as a brave, principled man who stood tall in his resolve against oppression."

READ: Former PAC leader Philip Kgosana dies

Sharpeville massacre

The PAC, a party that broke away from the African National Congress in 1959, had organised countrywide anti-pass protests for March 21, in 1960.

The "pass" was a document that severely limited and controlled where black people were allowed to travel, live or work, on pain of arrest. To not be able to produce the pass on demand, also guaranteed arrest.

Black people were urged to leave their passes at home and to gather at police stations to put themselves up for arrest, in defiance of the pass laws.

However, police opened fire on protesters at Sharpeville in Gauteng, and 69 people were killed and at least 180 others were injured.

Kgosana and the around 30 000 protesters walked about 12km from Langa, via De Waal Drive, named after David Christiaan De Waal, a mayor in the late 1800s who was associated with Cecil John Rhodes.

They marched into the city, to show how horrified they were by the tragic turn of events but after the march Kgosana was arrested.

Within a week the government of the day had declared a state of emergency and banned the ANC and PAC, driving the movements underground and into militarisation.

City Press reported in 2016 that at the age of 79, Kgosana retraced the steps they took to make sure nobody forgot about the tragedy.

"On behalf of the City of Cape Town, I extend my deepest sympathy to Philip Kgosana's family, friends, and fellow Pan-Africanist Congress members," said De Lille.

Read more on:    anc  |  pac  |  philip kgosana  |  patricia de lille  |  cape town

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
Behind the sparkle

Alluring, beautiful and timeless - diamonds are some of the most sought after gems in the world and are a true testament of everlasting brilliance. Let us take you behind the sparkle to show you the history behind this coveted jewel.

Embracing sustainability in tobacco agriculture

In Sub-Saharan Africa, farming represents a subsistence lifestyle for millions of people. In recent years though, the development of farming into an economic activity has made a real change in how the land is used in providing for the population.

/Sport
Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.