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AFRICAN LANGUAGES MUST BE RESTORED TO THEIR PRE-COLONIAL GLORY

AFRICAN LANGUAGES MUST BE RESTORED TO THEIR PRE-COLONIAL GLORY

BY DR MOTSOKO PHEKO

ADDRESSING DEPARTMENT OF LANGUAGES UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH AFRICA

12TH OCTOBER 2016

 Introduction

Our ancestors were agriculturists and pastoral farmers. If they followed the European year calendar system whose year begins in January, they would not have survived and we might not be here today. But they were very wise. They knew how nature works. They knew what time rain comes.

They knew what time some parts of this country experience frost which destroys harvest that is not ready at the right time. Their year calendar began in August(Phato) not in January (Pherekhong). This year had four seasons, namely Selemo –Spring, Hlabula – Summer – Hoetla – Autumn, Winter – Mariha.

Our ancestors dug gold, copper and other minerals. They were Iron experts long before Europe. They had never gone to school to study geology, but even their ordinary herdsmen and shepherdswho had never studied geology at any university, could identify an iron stone (morallana). These ancestors had a furnace technology through which they melted this iron stone (morallana) and shaped it into tools of agriculture, hoes, axes, spears etc

.They knew also how to preserve food for long time and for bad times of harvest. They dried fruits (mangangajane), corn, vegetables by exposing them to the sun.They preserved meat in the same way and made dihwapa. Biltong is a dihwapa product that was copied from Africans. The Basotho had also disiu to preserve their harvest. Continue reading

Sharing my exprerience with C.F.C

SHARNG MY EXPERIENCE WITH C. F.C. DR MOTSOKO PHEKO  Johannesburg 5th October 2016

After I knew Jesus Christ as my personal Saviour through the witness of a very saintly Canadian missionary Frank Read, I felt called to tell others about eternal life through Jesus Christ who not only raised the dead from their graves, but Himself died and came back to this life.(Acts 1:9)

I was already a budding writer. I was convinced that the printed word is a very powerful tool for evangelisation. An American Christian Donald Smith and I, and three other African brothers started a monthly magazine. We called it OUR AFRICA. I became its Managing Editor. It was demanding position. I had to study hard to increase my knowledge to be able to cope with my responsibilities.

This Christian magazine circulated in Southern and Eastern Africa. It had some regular readers also in England, America and Canada. Some copies of it can today be found in the archives of the University of South Africa – Documentary Centre for African Studies Accession No.33. OUR AFRICA had great impact. Thousands of people from various walks of life found Jesus Christ as their Saviour.

Many people became leaders in several spheres of life including Christian ministry. At least two became missionaries in America – Jerry Nkosi and Nathaniel Nkosi. Nathaniel was converted in the gold mines through an article I had written called A Dream In The Night.

He had run away from school and home. After his conversion to Christ he went back to his parents and attended school. He trained as a teacher. Later he went to Bible School in this country. That is how he eventually ended up in America as an Evangelist.   Continue reading

LAND LAW AND ECONOMIC LIBERATION

LAND LAW AND ECONOMIC LIBERATION KEYNOTE ADDRESS BY DR MOTSOKO PHEKO AT THE 4THSPRING LAW CONFERENCE, COLLEGE OF LAW UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH AFRICA PRETORIA
27 SEPTEMBER 2016
Programme Director, Distinguished Delegates Ladies and Gentlemen,
I thank the Convenors of the 4th Annual Spring Law Conference for inviting me to speak at this gathering and on such an important subject in our country – Land Law And Economic Liberation.
Life must be lived forward, but it can only be understood backward. As Cicero, a Roman philosopher put it many years ago, “To remain ignorant of things before you were born is to remain a child.”
Dr. John Hendrik Clarke, an African American professor of history has written, “History is a clock that tells a people their historical time of the day. It is a compass that people use to locate themselves on the map of human geography. A people’s history tells them what they have been, where they are now…more importantly, where they still must go.”
Our own Dr. Muziwakhe Anthony Lembede that philosopher and awakener of the youth in his generation advised, “One who wants to create a future must not forget the past.” Continue reading

MANGALISO ROBERT SOBUKWE MEMORIAL LECTURE

BY DR. MOTSOKO PHEKO AT THE METHODIST BLACK CONSULTATION SPRINGS GAUTENG SOUTH AFRICA 12TH JULY 2014

Programme Director, distinguished delegates, memorials help a nation to preserve its history and pass it on accurately from generation to generation for knowledge storage. Thank you for inviting me to give a memorial lecture on Mangaliso Robert Sobukwe, this giant Pan Africanist leader. The title of this lecture is: A LEADER WHO WALKED THE POLTICAL TALK TO THE FINISH.

Prof. Mangaliso Robert Sobukwe is a leader who walked the political talk to the finish. In the Biblical language, he ran the race and kept the faith. He went through a glorious contest with distinction. This is a man that the apartheid colonialist regime so silenced that even his closing speech in Court Case Number 173/60 was expunged from the Court record. Continue reading

PAN Africanism is The Road to Africa’s Security

 MOTSOKO PHEKO

Africa is a beautiful house that has been burning for some time with its children, women and men trapped inside. They are desperately trying to come out. As that Pan Africanist Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe correctly put it, “This Continent [Africa], has had the bad luck to be over-run by [European] soldiers of fortune that had neither [moral] fibre nor humanity. Slavery played its shameful role in depopulating Africa. Capitalism denuded [Africa] of its wealth. Colonialism deprived Africa of its birthright, and imperialism emasculated its will to live as human being and enjoy its share of bounties of the earth.”

                   Africans Must Control Their Riches For Their People

Africa has immense wealth and resources. There is hardly an agricultural crop that cannot be produced on this great continent. And almost every kind of mineral is found in Africa – vanadium, chrome, uranium, cobalt, tantalum, platinum, gold, diamonds, iron, coal, oil etc. Africa is blessed with three types of climate; temperate, tropical and Mediterranean. Continue reading

Judgement of Supreme Court on Soweto Uprising

One of the students that the apartheid colonialist police shot dead on 16 June 1976 was Hector Pieterson. According to the late Rev. Benjamin Rajuili who was a minister of religion in the African Methodist Episcopal Church and a teacher at a High School in Soweto; the first student who was shot was his student named Mahabane.

It seems, however that another student who was shot before Hector Pieterson was Hastings Ndlovu. But in both these cases there were no photo journalists around when they were shot. Continue reading

Tribute to Former PAC President Clarence Mlamli Makwetu

6TH DECEMBER 1928 – 1ST APRIL 2016 – Buried 16 April 2016

  1. MOTSOKO PHEKO

We shall miss his charming smile. We shall miss his towering height – “uFafa” (the tall one), “uZikhali” (his clan name). We shall miss his frankness and bravery in matters of national importance affecting the land dispossessed people of Azania (South Africa). President Clarence Mlamli Makwetu served his people fearlessly even when it costs him imprisonment in various South African jails including Robben Island Prison and of course, banishment to areas where he had no means of livelihood for a job or self-employment. Continue reading

Can ANC Expropriate Land In South Africa?

DR.MOTSOKO PHEKO

“We are to have land again….Our land is us. We are our land. You took our land …. Without land we cannot be.” Prince Maqoma imprisoned on Robben Island by British colonialists in 1859. He died there at 75 years of age.

During elections in South Africa in 1994, the American government heavily financed the ANC. In addition President Bill Clinton organised Stanley B. Greenberg and Frank Geer to direct the ANC election campaign. These were Clinton’s own pollster and image-maker respectively in the American elections. Continue reading

Story Behind South African Political Prisioners

DR.MOTSOKO PHEKO

“Reviewing the story of the ANC, it would seem that all times they were more concerned with non-violence against whites than against their own people.” Prof. Edward Feit (The Journal of African Modern Studies Volume 8 Number One 1970)                        

Kenny Motsamai, a South Africa political prisoner was returned to his prison cell in Boksburg near Johannesburg after he was due to be released on parole on 18 January 2016. He was a member of the Azanian Peoples’ Liberation Army, the former military wing of the Pan Africanist Congress of Azania (PAC). He has been imprisoned for 26 years.
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President Obama’s Speeches in Africa

PRESIDENT OBAMA’S SPEECHES IN AFRICA
MOTSOKO PHEKO
President Barack Obama speeches on his recent visit to Kenya and Ethiopia did not show any sign that the American government condescending policy towards Africa has changed. His lecturing African leaders on “democracy” and “values,” was reflective of the old policy of dictating to non-Western nations. How they must conduct their national affairs. Continue reading