Struggle veteran Dr Motsoko Pheko dies at 93

Former Pan Africanist Congress of Azalea President Dr Motsoko Phew took his last breath on Friday, April 20.

A struggle veteran, a lawyer, author of 45 books, theologian, academic and historian, Dr Pheko will be remembered as an Pan-Africanist in the country’s history. The African National Congress said Dr Pheko dedicated his life to justice, equality, and the liberation of all South Africans and leaves an indelible mark on our nation’s history.

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President Cyril Ramaphosa also sent his condolences to the family. “With the passing of Motsoko Pheko, we are grateful for the extended lifetime during which this son of Lesotho became a champion of our liberation struggle. He fought for the rights of dispossessed and landless people who had endured colonialism and apartheid.”

“His diverse qualifications and interests made Motsoko Pheko an invaluable contributor to human development, and the intellectual heritage of our nation. He is one in the continent whose causes, and accomplishments were uppermost in his consciousness and activism.”

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“As we observe 30 Years of Freedom, we honour all individuals and political traditions who brought about the dispensation in which we live today and to whom we remain indebted. May Motsoko Pheko rest in peace,” reads the Presidency statement.

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