Freedom fighter Johnny Issel dies

2011-01-24 08:02

Cape Town - A member of the Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans' Association (MKMVA), Johnny Issel, has died.

"Today the MKMVA in Western Cape dip our revolutionary banner in memory of comrade Johnny Issel who died on January 23," said Desmond Stevens, MKMVA provincial secretary, on Monday.

"Johnny Issel was one of the greatest heroes in our struggle against apartheid, a trade union and grassroots activist, an MK commander, but above all, a special human being who dedicate all his life in selfless service to others."

Stevens did not say how Issel, who was 64, had died.

Issel was one of the founding members of the United Democratic Front (UDF) in 1983.

"Johnny Issel has his place forever in the people's gallery of liberation fighters who fought for and sacrificed so much for our freedom.

"We call on all the progressive people in the Western Cape to honour comrade Johnny’s memory in building a strong united and non-racial ANC, who will work tirelessly to eradicate poverty, hunger and underdevelopment," Stevens said.

  • GBES - 2011-01-24 08:15

    Goodbye Johnny,you fought for freedom and respect.Pity your comrades sidelined you.

      ian.teall - 2011-01-24 10:42

      One man's freedom fighter is another man's terrorist......

  • Currie_Mafia - 2011-01-24 09:05

    Typical White supremist ignorant mentality. Think of the repercussions of your racist comments, boet. Think of the future, you kids...Alwyn. Don't fan the fire of hatred and discrimination. Now you wonder why whites are being attacked in SA, it's because of yellow-bellied people like yourself who breed hate. Your kind is a dying breed...and good riddance to that...don't be a white Malema.

      Alwyn - 2011-01-24 09:15

      For YOUR INFO, i dont need to fan hatred or discriminate,the goverment,Malema and the rest of the ,,,,,, is doing it ,i merely states that a child of 3 being murdered or farm attacks became a norm after the so called freedom struggle,remember 1947?

      Alwyn - 2011-01-24 09:18

      O and before i forget, farm attacks are done by yellow bellied black people armed with rifles and knifes,raping stealing plundering and you call this freedom,wake up and smell the shit,its heading your way too

      maloya - 2011-01-24 09:20

      Currie_Mafia...people like Alwyn shud not be responded to,dont entertain him.Its people like him who continue to teach young kids racism!!! As long as they are alive racisim will never end. But I sure hope that his seed will not follow in his footsteps. Long Live the spirit of ubuntu!!Im am a proud RSA and know we will get things right, it may take time but we will get there

      watalife - 2011-01-24 09:33

      @ Currie_Mofie its best you start to think about your kids and your future. respect is something gained and not given to people who murder,rape and steal.When reality sets in with you one day you will sing a different tune.

      Barry - 2011-01-24 12:28

      Typical White Malema. I agree with you, it's racist idiots like this that are destroying the country - 2011-01-24 16:09

      @Barry no you retard its black criminals and a corrupt govenrment that are destroying the country.

      FFS - 2011-01-24 16:33

      @Currie_Mafia and @Barry You have big mouths about Alwyn's comment. Where are your big mouths when the terrorists murder innocent civilians on a daily basis? The SAPS is filled to the brim with terrorists who were trained not to attack military or police targets, but rather to attack and murder unarmed and defenseless civilians. Your hero Malema is the one you should be condemning, not Alwyn. I hope neither of you is next on the slaughter list.

      LGVS - 2011-01-24 18:23

      I actually know of more black racists than whites. It is the minority groups in SA that should be worried. - 2011-01-24 22:10

      @currie_mafia - thank you for your admission on Malema.It iscertain that nobody wants to be a Malema either black or white. Don't promote racism with your comments.

      bern.lp.j.d - 2011-03-04 15:02

      i am still at school and i am part of the new South Africa since i was only born in 1993 but something that i have noticed is that the ones making the racist comments are not the whites but the blacks. I am not racist but during class one day we were doing a poem about the Soweto uprising. When someone mentioned that the first person to be murdered during the uprising was a white care taker working at one of the schools all of the black learners started calling him a racist, verbally abused him and one even said (apparently he was joking, but jokes like these are unacceptable) that he was going to shoot that learner for mentioning that. Also, everytime some racist action against whites happens they say things like "good" and "thats how its meant to be" and on another occasion one of these black learners even said that if you do not vote for the ANC you will go to hell. I am in a very privileged, multicultural private school in the centre of PE. These are not people that have been affected badly by apartheid in any way, yet they are so racist. This is not how it is meant to be. Why are they being brought up to be like this? We, South Africa, can't move on until we have forgiven and moved on....

  • coolwaynie - 2011-01-24 09:32

    I wonder if he died the traditional 'freedom fighter' way..with a slow puncture..

  • Currie_Mafia - 2011-01-24 09:38

    Yep, Maloya, true..All that is required for evil to prevail, is for good people to do nothing...and from a famous curry-muncher aka M.M.K Gandhi - " be the change that you want to see in the world" .....enough said.

      LGVS - 2011-01-24 18:24

      I think he screwed himself to death. HIV.

  • geotech.sarel - 2011-01-24 09:38

    Its time we get leaders that are passionate about this country, that dont draw lines between defferent races and take a stand against racism instead of leaders who leans towards his/her own skin colour, these new leaders lie to our faces, make empty promises and spend all our hard earned money, sleeps with currupt drug lords and mafia's. To the people of SA, follow your heart, dont be sheep and follow leaders, let then drown in their own greed and hatred. Be your own leader. A politician has his own views and always tries to convince people to follow him/her so they can get elected and abuse their powers you gave them. A politicin is as strong as his followers. Don't follow.

  • daaivark - 2011-01-24 10:02

    Well well well. I am amazed that the ANC has not once again tried to co-opt this comrade and claimed the UDF to have been an ANC construct. Many many activists functioned and performed wonders for the liberation struggle, whilst remaining steadfastly UNALIGNED to the dogma of "the party". And those are the struggle heroes I personally revere most.

  • Darwinian - 2011-01-24 12:33

    Who is Johnny Issel?

      SYLVERSTAR - 2011-01-24 14:00

      perhaps a road name?

  • Kaz - 2011-01-24 12:48

    Amazing how articles like this gets all the freaks to leave the safety of their dark and damp drains to foul the rest of the world with their racist comments. Why does everything in South Africa has to be about race? Are you people seriously that insecure about your skin colour that you feel the need to run down those who does not "comply" with your colour vision? I feel nothing more than sadness for you.

      Irené - 2011-01-24 12:55

      couldnt have said it better myself. I dont know how these people live with themselves, carrying so much hate, anger prejudice and then rubbing it off on their children. I do feel sorry for them- what makes me angry is that these people are allowed to procreate and will leave their racist leagcy behind, for another generation to have to sort out.

      LGVS - 2011-01-24 18:26

      Why does everything in South Africa has to be about race? Because it is!!!!!!

  • edmead - 2011-01-24 13:53

    can someone please tell me what a struggle activist,or freedom fighter really is. what is the criterion to become one, must you kill and main innocent people or must you have the balls to try and blow up a night club.

      Kaz - 2011-01-24 14:30

      Yep, you gave a perfect description of the late Apartheid government there.

  • The-man-who - 2011-01-24 13:57

    this blog is full of die boere mag

  • SYLVERSTAR - 2011-01-24 13:58


  • - 2011-01-24 16:12

    Why do the ANC keep talking abiut Fighting for freedom? They never fought...unless you regard toyi toying and necklacing each other to be fighting....

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