Celebrating 90 years for Mama Sobukwe
is a major feat.
The governing party has done virtually nothing to promote scholarship around its own leaders--Oliver Tambo, Chris Hani, Joe Slovo, Griffiths and Veronica Mxenge--let alone those it has erased from public memory--Robert Sobukwe
, Steve Biko and others.
Sent to Healdtown (an illustrious school whose former pupils included South African State President Nelson Mandela and founder of the Pan African Congress Robert Sobukwe
) Mafeje was influenced by History teacher (and activist, journalist and writer) Livingstone Mogotsi.
Some of these prisoners were Nelson Mandela, Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe
, Zephania Mothopeng, Walter Sisulu, Nyati Pokela, Govan Mbeki and Jafta Masemola.
The influence of Pan-Afrikanism, resulted in amongst others, WEB Du Bois's notion of double consciousness, which later influenced Angela Davis's interest in the History of Consciousness, and later initiatives such as the Black Consciousness doctrine in South Afrika, as would be articulated astonishingly by prominent Pan-Afrikan acolytes, such as Robert Sobukwe
and Steve Bantu Biko, and alas, the existence of Black existentialists as observed from Kathryn Gines, Lewis Gordon and Desiree Melton amongst others, are all worth some mention (Black Nihilism by Cornel West and Postcolonialism by E.C.
He paid tribute to other anti-apartheid heroes like Robert Sobukwe
and Steve Biko.
Notable South Afrikan's include Tiyo Soga, Pixly Ka Isaka Seme, Steve Biko, Robert Sobukwe
, Archie Mafeje, John Nyathi Pokela,, Mongane Wally Serote, and Thabo Mbeki and amongst many others.
Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe
was never liked by the West and their agents.
"What he stands for--Zionism and apartheid--is what leaders like Robert Sobukwe
stood against," he said.
Other groups are given space to practise their cultures but not the native AmaXhosa whose culture produced Nelson Mandela, Chris Hani, Steve Biko, Robert Sobukwe
and many others.