Truman Magubane Foundation to focus on uplifting underprivileged youth

2016-03-22 13:35
ANC stalwart and Msunduzi Municipality chief whip Truman Magubane during a full council meeting.

ANC stalwart and Msunduzi Municipality chief whip Truman Magubane during a full council meeting. (File)

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Pietermaritzburg - A Truman Magubane Foundation which aims to help underprivileged children in Msunduzi and surrounding areas is in the pipeline.

The announcement was made by former president Kgalema Motlanthe on Friday at the City Hall.

Motlanthe was speaking during a lecture organised by the city to honour its chief whip and ANC stalwart Truman Magubane.

The lecture coincided with the celebration of the South African Library Week.

Magubane (74) spent 15 years imprisoned on Robben Island and shared a cell with Motlanthe for 10 of those years.

“I would like to congratulate you on the establishment of the Truman Magubane Foundation which will help many needy youth,” he said.

Motlanthe said education had always been close to Magubane’s heart.

“He is one of the leaders who encouraged the youth during the liberation struggle to continue with their academic pursuit.

“He persuaded the 1976 youth [arrested during the Soweto uprising] to continue with education,” he said.

Magubane said he was happy that more and more young people are starting to use the Bessie Head Library frequently.

“Often when I am at the City Hall, I peep through the window and see tons of young people at the library.

“I would say the attendance has improved significantly. That makes me happy because it shows that our children are starting to appreciate what was fought for during apartheid,” he said.

Magubane reminded young people in South Africa that only political freedom was received in 1994.

“Economic freedom still remains elusive. The battle must continue,” he said.

Mayor Chris Ndlela described the Sobantu-born Magubane as a humble leader who likes to work from the background.

Since Ndlela took over as the mayor, he said the former uMkhonto Wesizwe operative had not once raised his voice when there were differences.

The sentiment was echoed by ANC Moses Mabhida Region secretary Mzi Zuma, who said young people can learn a lot from Magubane.

“Sometimes we feel embarrassed when we compare our behaviour to that of Magubane,” he said.

Zuma said Magubane always puts the party first.

Magubane’s son and a former youth activist, Mlungisi Magubane, paid tribute to his father but cautioned that “the struggle is not yet over”.

“We won the battle, [but] the war is still on, the war against poverty, against corruption, [and] against any form of misconduct that is not wanted in the ANC.”

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FORMER president Kgalema Motlanthe has called on the ANC members to extensively vet leaders before they elect them to power or choose as delegates to represent them in elective conferences.

Motlanthe made reference to a Xhosa idiom which can be translated as “when there is no stew in a household, women cook pap and wait for men who had gone to hunt, to come back with the meat”.

Motlanthe said you can always tell if the hunters are not going to bring back the meat. “If they sneak salt into their pockets before embarking on the hunt, obviously they will eat all the meat in the mountains. Before sending delegates to the conference, make sure first they are going to bring back the meat,” he said.

Motlanthe encouraged the ANC to give its youth space to express themselves.

The veteran politician said the party has no future without the input of young people. “Our role as an organisation is to create space for them; we must not suppress young people because if we suppress them then the organisation has no future. Because tomorrow belongs to the young people,” said Motlanthe.

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