Vandalism on ‘holy ground’ ascribed to ignorance

2018-03-28 06:01
Daniel Mabe Sekgoro, spokesperson for the Sobukwe family, speaking during the Human Rights Day commemorations held in Galeshewe on Wednesday (21/03), voicing a stern warning to people who vandalise the law office of the late Robert Sobukwe.Photo: Boipelo Mere

Daniel Mabe Sekgoro, spokesperson for the Sobukwe family, speaking during the Human Rights Day commemorations held in Galeshewe on Wednesday (21/03), voicing a stern warning to people who vandalise the law office of the late Robert Sobukwe.Photo: Boipelo Mere

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The Mayibuye Precinct, where the former law office of the late defender of human rights and founder of the Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) Robert Sobukwe is based, has been called “very holy ground”.

A stern warning to the culprits who continue to vandalise the premises was sent by speaker after speaker on Wednesday (21/03) when Human Rights Day was observed in Galeshewe and the renovation of the office launched.

“Those who keep on vandalising this place, we are going to get them and deal with them,” warned Daniel Mabe Sekgoro sternly.

Speaking on behalf of the family, whom he said could not attend the event due to various reasons, Sekgoro blamed the behaviour of the vandalists on a lack of education and respect.

He said they (the vandalists) were not being educated about what meaning lies behind Mayibuye Africa.

He pointed out that the culprits did not even know the centimental value of the name behind the Mayibuye Precinct.

“Mayibuye Africa started here. Our people were killed here. Blood was spilled here,” said Sekgoro.

“That office was the office of a very important man. A man of nothing else but peace.

“That man did not fight. He did not hate the whites.

“All he wanted was our freedom, which we are enjoying now.”

He thanked the youth and government for the role they played towards the renovation of the premises.

Sekgoro critisised leaders due to failed attempts for kickbacks and tenders, which he said led to dehuma­nising situations and scandal.

He urged complainants to relax and use the relevant platforms so that issues can be addressed by the relevant people.

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