PAC veteran Molotsi dies

2010-07-22 10:30

The founding member of Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) and a veteran

journalist Peter Molotsi died yesterday morning at the Kroonstad Hospital in

Free State following a long illness, the party said. He was 81.

Molotsi had been one of only two remaining members of the national

executive committee set up when the congress was founded in 1959, PAC

spokesperson Lehlohonolo Shale said today.

He had occupied the post of secretary for Pan African Affairs under

the late and then party president Robert Sobukwe.

Shale said Molotsi, who was born in Steynsrust, Kroonstad, had been

a “revolutionary intellectual”.

He worked as a journalist at the then Bantu World, later retitled

The World, after leaving school.

He became an office bearer in the ANC Youth League, participated in

the 1950s Defiance Campaign against unjust apartheid laws, and served a spell in

jail after being convicted under anti-communist legislation.

Molotsi was one of a trio of PAC leaders who left South Africa in

1960, after the party was banned, to organise the PAC in exile and set up

headquarters in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

He later became the PAC representative in the US and at the United

Nations. After completion of his doctorate degree, he lectured at various

universities in the US.

Shale said funeral arrangements had not been finalised.

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