Kgosana: A giant among many

2017-05-04 06:01

Phillip Arthur Kgosana was one of the greatest giants of Pan Africanism, Black Consciousness and African Nationalism.

Just as seasons come and go, great revolutionaries and freedom fighters also come and go.

But the philosophy, principles and heritage of the African people will forever remain with us.

It is up to us to roll our sleeves and fight for the defence and advancement of the Africanist revolution.

The giant of Pan Africanism, African Scientific Socialism, self-determination and self-reliance, Phillip Arthur Kgosana passed on shortly before the Unity Conference of the PAC is convened.

His death should remind us that the PAC should come back to life stronger and more focused. It must free itself of the demon of factionalism and personal ambitions.

Kgosana wanted us to strive to achieve the PAC’s strategic objectives, which are to rally and unite African people into one national front on the basis of African nationalism; to fight for the overthrow of foreign domination, and for the establishment and maintenance of the self-determination of the African people; to work and strive for the establishment and maintenance of African socialist democracy; to promote the educational, cultural and economic advancement of an African; to strive for the unification of Africa.

Kgosana worked tirelessly and strategically with a host of Africanist intellectuals and Azanian revolutionary philosophers that identified the PAC’s targets as settler colonialism, bureaucratic capitalism, semi-feudalism in the farming areas of our land, neo-liberalism, imperialism and all their manifestations.

This staunch cadre of Poqo-Apla has been the beacon of hope for the revival of the strong revolutionary values and principles of the PAC, which its founding fathers laid down for us.

As a founding member of the PAC, Kgosana was a great intellectual, philosopher and icon of true liberation of the African masses.

He worked with founders such as Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe, David Sibeko, Vusimuzi Nkumane, AP Mda, John Nyathi Phokela, Potlako Leballo, Hamilton Ntantala, Zephania Mothopeng, Jafta Masemola, Peter Rabaroko, Clarence Mlamli Makwetu, Phillemon Tefo, John Nkosi and Josias Madzunya.

These selfless giants left their comfort zones-as many were well-educated- and sacrificed everything for the liberation of Azania.

This is something missing in today’s elite. Even as they are involved in the struggle, they are selfish and corrupt.

For example, their supporting to the students’ #FeesMustFall campaign and free socialist decolonised education was sporadic at best and inconsistent at most.

Not surprisingly, amongst them were leaders that know and participated in the struggle against Apartheid Colonialism.

They have sold out to the revolution by being silent when the country was in crisis.

Phillip Arthur Kgosana believed in a United States of Africa, African self-determination, self-pride, self-definition and self-acceptance as a weapon against the tyranny of colonialism and apartheid.

He left us with a true heritage, an organisation that is committed to the policy of guaranteeing the most effective equitable distribution of our country’s wealth.

Phillip Kgosana believed in a united, vibrant PAC to defend the Africanist revolution. Sadly, that dream is still a long way off. Izwe Lethu!

Nyameko Sinandile Khayelitsha

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