Robert Sobukwe at 90 – A tribute

2014-12-07 15:00

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Death, you deprived us of our own!

Our own son, daddy, uncle, leader,

Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe,

Mangaliso means “wonderful”.

Really he was wonderful!

What a unique person he was!

He never carried a weapon,

Yet they feared him.

He had no criminal record,

Yet was treated like a criminal.

He respected everyone,

Yet he was treated with disrespect.

Only his tongue was his weapon,

Yet they imprisoned him.

He was eloquent but they treated him violently.

He was naturally clever.

Unfortunately dealt with the unclevers.

He was a very loving person,

But unfortunately was dealing with the hating.

He was honourable but was dealing with the non-


It is being feared that led to his death.

They thought they were smart

By poisoning him, fortunately

He told the writer Benjamin Pogrund

that they poisoned him.

Who was he like?

Gandhi with his satyagraha or like the Lord Jesus?

Who was arrested by armed soldiers

Yet He never carried and did not have a weapon!

South Africa at large deserves to know,

About him and who he was,

What he stood for and why,

Most of those who know,

Know a little and a distorted version.

It is not only South Africa who must know about him!

But the whole continent of Africa!

What about the world at large?

Not only know, but honour him too.

He died because of his belief,

The independence of South Africa and Africa at large.

His ideas and Nkrumah’s could not be separated,

United States of Africa

From Cape to Cairo, from Morocco to Madagascar!

We are surrounded by dealers,

Who are making deals for themselves instead of leading,

At the expense of the people they lead.

He was a leader, not a dealer.

Therefore, the killers deprived us of a true leader.

Sobukwe would have been 90 on December 5

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