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You were a true pioneer of a battle to deracialise our economy, a fierce opponent of the domination of our economy at the expense of the landless, poor, African people who live as refugees in the country of their birth, writes Lesego Makhubela.
A light from our household is gone, a voice we loved is
stilled, a place is vacant in our hearts that never can be filled. Today, there
is a place vacant in our hearts, for the yearning of the voice of our comrade
and sister – Bavelile
Hlongwa – has been stilled. We mourn her passing; we honour
Allow me my dear sister and comrade to give a recollection of my little interaction with you and the indelible
impression you made on my being.
I have pondered as to what it is that made you so
outstanding. Was it your charming personality? Was it your exceptional
intellectual capacity? Was it your deep sense of humour? Was it the way you
treated other people? I have come to a realisation that it was all of these,
but much more. It was in large measure your sensitivity to the Spirit of the
Lord and your love for your fellow men, with which you were so richly endowed.
I have also discovered that this sensitivity came abundantly
through your genes and DNA and from your political school, the congress youth
movement as well as your special ancestral heritage of faith and sacrifice.
You were a rising star that illuminated us during the bleak
and dark period that characterised the congress youth movement. You rose the highest
when God recalled you back home to join throngs of heroes and heroines who
continue to parade our country and those
that would not at the face of instant gratification betray their conscience,
suppress their true feelings and principles for blue lights and act opposite to
the convictions of their hearts.
You were a spiritual warrior, though you were short in frame
you were a spiritual giant that through action and conduct became a living
testimony that indeed the tallest man or woman is the one who is on his or her
knees in supplication to God.
You carried with yourself a righteous spirit that created an
ambience of robust engagement, where you allowed those that held views contrary
to yours an opportunity to convince you through superior logic, it was this
rare attribute that made you repulsive to political vomit devoid of politics.
You were a woman of substance and all seasons, a spiritual
giant, abounding in knowledge, faith, love, vision, testimony, courage, and
compassion – leading and serving never from a pedestal, but always eye to eye.
You had a special place in your heart for the poor, the needy and the
I cannot remember what I have ever done for you, but I have
thousands of memories of what you did for me and others who knocked on your
door. You had a very strong back and shoulders because on it rested the needy,
the poor and the afflicted. On your back you carried many of us including
children that were not your own, whilst denying yourself the luxuries of life.
We will miss your voice, your steadiness, your confidence in
the Lord and in your organisation, your smile, your wit, your enthusiasm, your
optimism, and your stories, which I consider parables of a modern gender
activist and an economic transformation pioneer.
You were an unapologetic convict of resolutions of your
organisation, the congress youth league and that of its mother body. In life
you chained yourself to our generational mission no matter how unpopular and
impossible our mission is. Never even once after your appointment as a deputy
minister did you stand at the altar of convenience to denounce our generational
mission and resolutions of the ANC and most profoundly you were never seen to
backslide or flip flop on the 2011 ANC Youth League Gallagher Estate Congress
resolutions which set us on the path, trajectory and a course of “radical
socio-economic transformation”. You were part of a handful few who never
allowed selective amnesia to reduce our generational mission as a factional mantra.
You were a true pioneer of a battle to deracialise our
economy, a fierce opponent of the domination of our economy by white people at
the expense of the landless, poor, African people who live as refugees in the
country of their birth. BV, you waged a protracted struggle that denied you the
best years of your life and a bitter battle that cowards have abandoned because
it has proven to be career limiting. We have no other way to remember you but
as a courageous young woman whose heart knew no fear.
- Lesego Makhubela ANCYL Tshwane regional chairperson.
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