Fallen hero honoured

2015-09-23 06:00
The building, previously known as the ‘Old Floors Hostel’ in colloquial speech, will now be the pride of the Tume family after being renamed ‘Tebogo Leon Tume Complex’ on Friday(18/09).
Boipelo Mere

The building, previously known as the ‘Old Floors Hostel’ in colloquial speech, will now be the pride of the Tume family after being renamed ‘Tebogo Leon Tume Complex’ on Friday(18/09). Photo: Boipelo Mere

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THE late stalwart and fallen hero of the struggle, Tebogo Leon Tume, who is reported to have died during an ambush in Soweto on 11 November 1980, was given the honour of having the Provincial Department of Roads and Public Works government building named after him.

The remains of Tume was returned home in July after it was exhumed in Gauteng.

A memorial lecture was held the day before the renaming of the building, followed by a memorial service after which Tume’s remains were buried in Kimberley.

Tebogo Leon Tume was the third and last born of Dipuo Judith Tume and Benjamin Matlhomola Ramatsoele and was born in Barkly Road.

He grew up in Kimberley and attended Barkly Road High School until he joined the Railway Police as a constable.

During October 1976 he joined Umkonto we Sizwe (MK).

According to his obituary, he was on a specific mission when he and his fellow comrade, the late Gordon Jabawa, were confronted by police and a battle ensued. Tume was hurt in the process.

The spokesperson of the Tume-family, Eric Meso Tume, is glad that the province has seen it fit to give honour to a humble man who fought tirelessly for the liberation and democracy of the country.

Highlighting how people were subjected to the most inhumane treatment and most vile of human rights abuses in the past, Premier Sylvia Lucas said: “Despite all these crimes against humanity, great men rose with courage and conviction to fight not only an unjust system, but to liberate us all and free us from the shackles of apartheid.”

She revealed that Tume’s combat name was Norman Nkosi and that he was a member of the G5-unit whose mission it was to attack police stations. “The G5-unit was honoured in 2009 and received the Order of Mendi for acts of bravery and valour (gold). It so happens that this is one of the units that made the late president of the ANC, Oliver Tambo, so proud that he is known to have said that this would be one of the first units that recognition should be given to when banned organisations and freedom fighters return from exile.”

She said the Department of Roads and Public Works is proud to be part of a process of transformation within the province

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