MaMokaba funeral underway

By Drum Digital
28 December 2013

The funeral of the late ANC veteran, Mapitsi Prescilla Mokaba, is currently underway at the University of the North Sports Arena.

The service started at 7am.

MaMokaba, who passed away on 22 December after a short illness, participated in the country's liberation struggle in the ANC underground activities in the early eighties. Her house in Mankweng outside Polokwane was a hive of underground political activity, which led to her family being placed under apartheid special branch and police surveillance. Her family house was bombed in 1984.

Most of today's leadership around Limpopo and the country not only sought political asylum in MaMokaba's house but also broke their political teeth there.

MaMokaba was arrested in 1988 and charged under the notorious Suppression of Terrorism Act of 1978. During her incarceration she was placed under solitary confinement for a period of 12 months. During these systematic harrassments, her son - the late Peter Mokaba, who has been in and out of different prisons under various apartheid banning orders, were serving a six year prison term in Robben Island.

At the time of her death, MaMokaba was ANC proportional representative councillor at the Capricorn District Municipality, a member of the ANC Women's League and the ANC Veteran's League.

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