Education fighter Stanley Nkosi hailed by peers

2014-11-21 10:13

Stanley Nqobizizwe Nkosi was a hardcore activist who mobilised students to fight against Bantu education, Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe has said.

Radebe was speaking at the inaugural Stanley Nkosi Memorial Lecture at the Grace Bible Church in Pimville, Soweto, yesterday.

Among those who attended the lecture were former head of South Africa’s intelligence, Billy Masetlha, Jabu Khumalo from the Each One Teach One Foundation, ANC chief whip in the City of Joburg, Bafana Sithole as MC and Nkosi’s wife Daphne Mashile-Nkosi.

Nkosi was convicted of terrorism alongside former deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe and spent 10 years imprisoned on Robben Island.

He died in 2008.

Radebe said he was honoured that he was invited to share his experiences with Nkosi as anyone else from politics to business and civil society could have been more deserving of the opportunity.

“[Nkosi] asserted his citizenship, mixing politics and his fight for justice against subjugation, and was left no choice but to join the armed struggle,” Radebe said.

Radebe also revealed that Nkosi was an “accomplished musician” who taught him classical guitar on Sundays – provided he was in a good mood.

In one of the videos played to highlight Nkosi’s contribution to the struggle and sacrifices he made, Mashile-Nkosi described her husband as a “well rounded individual who loved his family”.

Former minister of foreign affairs, George Nene, said that as a struggle hero Nkosi was an avid believer in education who inspired South Africans to become better citizens.

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