Dr Motsoko Pheko

Dr Motsoko Pheko


14th September 2019

By Dr. Motsoko Pheko

Chairperson, the Molomo Family, Ma-Afrika, Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is an honour for me to pay tribute to Prof. Rammonasesswa Lucas Molomo at his final earthly farewell today. History will always remind humanity that it happened at the same time as that of President Robert Mugabe, the 14th of September 2019.

Prof Molomo was a long time friend of Philip Kgosana who led the Langa Uprising in Cape Town along with the Pan Africanist Congress- led Sharpeville Uprising on 21st March 1960. He was born on 21st June 1934 at a place called Mokopane Limpopo Province.

Educationally, he trained as a teacher at Mokopane Training Institution. He joined the Pan Africanist Congress in 1959.The PAC was declared illegal when it was only one year one month in April 1960. Anyone belonging to the PAC after this date was imprisoned for three years for membership six years for holding a position in the PAC and 15 years for being found in any kind of weapon including a knife.

After the South African apartheid colonial regime sought to arrest him for furthering the aims of a banned organisation namely the Pan Africanist Congress, he left the country to further the aims of the PAC outside. While there simultaneously, with this he pursued his education. He earned his B.A. Honours at the University of Ibadan and his M.A. Honours at the University of Nairobi in Kenya.

In addition to his political activities which he never abandoned he had been formerly a lecturer in history at the following institutions of education:

1. College of Teacher Education in Addis Ababa Ethiopia

2. Kenyatta University College in Kenya

3. Gweru Teachers College, Zimbabwe

4. Hillside Teachers College Bulawayo Zimbabwe

He later came back to South Africa in 1992 and was appointed principal of Mabake High School – Mpumalanga in South Africa. He has researched and written on the liberation of Africa. Some of his published books are (a) Gloria-Thomas Emagwali, (b) Towards Effective teaching and learning (c) Biography of the Rev. M. S. Mogoba

                       His Political Profile

He is one of the oldest members of the Pan Africanist Congress which shook apartheid colonial South Africa as never before on 21st March 1960.The following historic and indisputable statement affirms this.

Frantz Fanon the author of The Wretched Of The Earth

has written: “The seventeen days that shook South Africa, and indeed, the entire world from March 21 this year [1960], have irrevocable turn in the history of South Africa.

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Dr Motsoko Pheko

One of the darkest days in the rule of the ANC Government in South Africa was the 14th November 2006.  On that day the ANC leadership and its Members of Parliament abused its Parliamentary majority. They legalised “same sex marriages.” They had done no research of their own on the subject. As usual, they just went with the wind of Eurocentricity which upholds foreign values and despises African values. Homosexuals just dragged the ANC leaders by their noses.  .

The ANC argued that the Constitution of South Africa in Section 9 dictated that “same sex marriages” be allowed. This was a lame excuse. They betrayed the people whom they always claimed to represent and ignored their cultural values. Parliament has a right to amend the Constitution.  It did so, on the issue of “floor-crossing” in which Parliament legalised what some political leaders called “political prostitution.”

During the Parliamentary hearings to listen to the views of voters and citizens on the “same sex marriage”, it was reported that 97% of the population was against “same sex marriages ”.They described it as “an abomination”. These were mainly Christians, Traditional Leaders, Moslems and many others.  Nevertheless, the ANC imposed this repugnant and offensive law on the African people and ignored any cultural values of the Continent of Africa and the Diaspora. But even after this Bill was passed, the SABC Television, debate on the 19th November 2006, showed that ninety three percent of the people rejected this law.  Only 7% said “yes” to “same sex marriages.”

In Parliament all ANC Members of Parliament voted for homosexual marriages. A Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) Member of Parliament who opposed the same sex marriage and was allocated only one minute said:

“Madam Speaker,

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Programme Director

Members of the National Executive Council

Leaders of the Pan Africanist Women’s Organisation

The Pan Africanist Students Movement Of Azania (PASMA)

The Pan Africanist Student Organisation (PASO)

The Pan Africanist Youth Congress (PAYCO)

The APLA Veterans Association

The Pan Africanist Labour Federation (PALF)

All Distinguished Delegates To This Congress

Sons and Daughters of Afrika,

I stand before you today with profound gratitude to you, the National Congress- the Supreme Body of this great liberation movement of Mangaliso Robert Sobukwe and his brave and self-less comrades; for giving me the honour to serve, to work for you, and with you, to prepare the Pan Africanist Congress of Azania as a Party that is the alternative and the future government to serve the fundamental interests of the African people, especially with regard to equitable redistribution of land and its resources in order  to wipe out the inhuman conditions in which the African majority lives in this country, and of course, to give free massive education to our people in all fields of knowledge so that they can have the capacity to advance themselves economically and technologically and stamp out endemic corruption of the present ANC government which is destroying the primary objective  of our liberation struggle that is soaked with so much sacrificial service, suffering and blood. Our people need economic liberation and freedom.

I pay tribute to the members of the PAC National Executive Council, and to all those who have served with me for the last three years. I pay tribute to our first President Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe that shining revolutionary star who changed the face of South Africa. Through the Positive Action Campaign which led to the Sharpeville Uprising, PAC internationalised the vile system of apartheid. This resulted in the expulsion of South Africa from the United Nations. The PAC introduced the armed struggle for self-determination and its members were the first to be imprisoned on Robben Island beginning from 12th October 1962.  Sobukwe pioneered the liberation struggle from the politics of appeasing the oppressors to the politics of confronting the oppressors by all means necessary. That is why the colonialists made a special law for the Pan Africanist Congress called “Sobukwe Clause” and subsequently poisoned him to die in banishment in Kimberly.

I salute Uncle Zephaniah Mothopeng, the most tortured political leader for liberation in the history of South Africa. This revolutionary leader was sentenced to 30 years imprisonment for the Soweto Uprising of June 16, 1976.  I honour Comrade Clarence Mlamli Makwetu who steered the PAC at a difficult time in which the imperialists aggressively promoted so-called moderate leaders in order to give this country naked neo-colonialism that has made no change in the lives of the African majority. If you listen to Makwetu today, he still articulates the vision of the PAC without compromise and with crystal clarity.

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Who Bought It For Sixty British Pounds And Why?


Many people suffer from ignorance about answers to the above questions even many ANC leaders. Very recently on 11th July 2019, these leaders had a huge celebration about the “Freedom Charter” and their arrest by the South African apartheid colonial regime 56 years ago, as they told the media. The truth about the Freedom Charter must be told for this generation if Africans in South Africa must reach their liberation destination and not end up in a perpetual liberation dry desert.

Zephania Mothopeng, referred to the Freedom Charter as “a notorious document of unknown origin.” He was a veteran of the African liberation struggle was sentenced to thirty years imprisonment for leading the Soweto Uprising of 16 June 1976. He had earlier been imprisoned on Robben Island for the POQO/PAC Uprising of 1963. While there, he taught Mathematics to political prisoners who wanted to further their education.  


People such as Rusty Bernstein, Joe Slovo, Ben Turok, Arthur Golderich, Piet Byleveld, Gerald Ludi and other whites are known to have been involved in the writing of the Freedom Charter for the ANC. In fact, Joe Slovo later became the chief commander of the ANC military wing, Umkhonto Wesizwe for many years until much later when he handed over to Chris Hani. Slovo is reputed to have been responsible for the “Sunset Clause” during the compromising and surrendering negotiations with the apartheid colonialist regime of F.W. de Klerk in 1994. He supported the “property clause” in section 25(7) of today “New South Africa” constitution. This section is a new name for the Native Land Act 1913.

In 2009, Ben Turok let the cat out of the bag about his own authorship of the Freedom Cheater. He has written, “I was not a ‘typist’ of the economic  clause of the Freedom Charter….As vice chairman of the Cape Provincial Action Council and full time organiser of the Congress of the People, I was invited to a meeting of the National Council of the Congress on the eve of the actual event. A draft Freedom Charter was put to the meeting for approval and I proposed and Billy Nair seconded an amended version which was adopted there and then…I had been asked previously to introduce the economic clause at the Congress.”

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Letter to President of South Africa on Burning National Issues

Your Excellency President Cyril Ramaphosa,
I am sending this note to congratulate you on your election as President of South Africa in the recent elections on 8th May 2019. I wish you success in this important and demanding position of leadership in our nation. Your Presidential success will be the success of this nation. Your failure will be a failure for which many freedom fighters and heroes of this nation sacrificed so much, for where it is today albeit that the ultimate objective has not yet been reached economically. There is a sovereign equitable distribution of land. Africans are still colonially land dispossessed.
I value your remarks in your inauguration speech in which you said that you would be the President of all people in this country. It will make it unique and advance the people of this country. Previous ANC administrations have failed the people of this nation because of corruption, crime, failed policies, lack of education, unemployment, and crime. The fact that your cabinet is 50% women and 50% of men is a step in the right direction.

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Dr. Motsoko Pheko Biographical Sketch By Reginald Moon

Dr. Motsoko Pheko: Political Scientist, Theologian, Historian, Lawyer, Researcher, Author of over thirty books in these fields and over five thousand articles in these fields including speeches at the United Nations in New York, UN Commission on Human Rights in Geneva, South African Parliament for ten years and elsewhere; a co-founder of OUR AFRICA Magazine, Daystar University and founder of, Tokoloho (Freedom) Publishers. He is a former Representative of the victims of apartheid and colonialism at the United Nations in New York; and at the UN Commission on Human Rights in Geneva, as well as former Member of the South African Parliament for ten years. When he left Parliament, he had a choice of practicing law as Advocate of High Court of South Africa or lecturing in international law at University level. But he decided to be a researcher, author and publisher in the four above mentioned branches of epistemology.

Dr. Motsoko Pheko grew up as a shepherd at a place called Mangoloaneng in today’s Eastern Cape of South Africa. It is surrounded by two other places called Ngodilwe and Mangolong. These names in English variously mean “At the Letters” or “at the Writings,” respectively. He lost his parents when he was nine years old. He was brought up by his mother’s elder sister, Mrs. Mohau Emily Moerane and her husband Daniel M. Moerane.

He was born at a place called Sehlabathebe (pierce the enemy’s shield).This was on the 13th of November 1930. Sehlabathebe is a two-hour drive to Lesotho from Matatiele in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. During the liberation struggle against colonialism and apartheid, he had the distinction of a freedom fighter that was imprisoned by three colonial regimes namely, South Africa, Rhodesia and Portuguese Mozambique for his anti-colonial activities and racism. Dr. Pheko lived in exile from August 1963 to February1995.

In April 1963, a Roodepoort Magistrate Court had earlier refused him bail on the ground that he was “a young intelligent educated Bantu (African).” And that “such Bantu belonged to the radical Pan Africanist Congress.”

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Programme Director

The Motsoane family

The Mocumi Family

The Ntshole Family

The Molatlhegi family

Sons and Daughters of Africa

Our Respected Religious Leaders

Before I have the honour of addressing you and paying respect to these four brave Sons of Africa that we are re-burying here today; allow me to remark that at this time in April 1963, I was with them in Krugersdorp Prison. The apartheid colonialist regime had charged me with furthering the aims of a banned organisation, namely the Pan Africanist Congress. The   South African colonialist regime later sentenced these African heroes to death in the land of their forefathers during 1963. It hanged them on 16th June 1964. I never knew that I would speak at their reburial this 13th April 2019.

Anyway, it was King David a man married to Bathsheba. Queen Bathsheba was a Hittite, a Kushite, a Hamite and therefore, an African. I am overwhelmed by what her husband has written in Psalm 8. He says:

“When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have ordained; what is man that you are mindful of him….For you have made him a little lower than the angels, and you have crowned him with glory and honour.”

These African heroes – these Munsieville Four:  Richard Motsoane, Josia Mocumi, Petrus Ntshole, and Thomas Molathegi lie here today to be re-buried.  They are a little lower than the angels, and are crowned with glory and honour – the glory of their patriotism and the honour of their dedication to the liberation of their people. They performed their liberation duty with their highest sacrifice, their blood and their life. Their liberation movement, the Pan Africanist Congress was only eleven months when it launched March 21 in 1960 internationally known as Sharpeville Day. That movement was declared illegal by the apartheid colonialist regime when it was only one year one month.

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March 21 – Day Of Destiny – Many Want To know It. Others Want It Unknown

March 21 is Day of Destiny soaked with blood of African martyrs for true liberation. On that world-shaking day, the African people of Azania (South Africa) led by the Pan Africanist Congress (PAC); through the Sharpeville Uprising sent an unprecedented anti-colonial message to the world and to the colonial oppressors themselves. That message changed South African politics and the thinking of the world drastically, dramatically and irreversibly.

March 21st is the revolutionary day through which the PAC influenced the United Nations to declare March 21st International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. This is the day on which the Pan Africanist Congress laid the foundation for the expulsion of South Africa from the United Nations. It is through the PAC revolutionary action on March 21st 1960 that this day was named Sharpeville Day. This is the day the whole of Africa and the whole world recognised as the symbol of the African liberation struggle and incomparable watershed.

                             What Sparked Off The PAC Anti-Pass Campaign?

Africans in South Africa could not move in their own country without producing a pass whenever and wherever the police stopped them and demanded it. For failing to produce a pass Africans in their own land; were imprisoned or sent out as convicted criminals to work on the farms of colonial settlers.

On these farms they were badly beaten up and ill-treated. Scores of farms were full of skeletons of Africans who had been beaten to death. The farmers wanted production. Any African who was “slow” was beaten to death to force him to be productive. The pass law was a mark of slavery.

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President of the Republic of Uganda

Africa is the origin of man, four and a half million years ago. All human beings only lived in Africa until about 100,000 years ago.  The last ice-age ended 11,700 years ago.  Before that, people could not live in many parts of the North of our Globe.  Therefore, the European Stock (Europeans, Americans, Canadians, Australians), the Asians, the Arabs etc., are all former Africans.

They lost the melanin (the black pigmentation in the skin) in their skins on account of their living in the cold climates, with little sunshine, where melanin is not required.

Africa is the pioneer of civilization. The Egyptian civilization which started around 5200 years ago, around 3000 BC, is one of the earliest civilizations of the human race.

The three great religions of the modern world were succored by Africa in one way or another.  These are Christianity, Judaism and Islam. Baby Jesus was hidden in Egypt when King Herod started killing all the infants.  This is found in the Book of Matthew 2:13-14 in the Bible.  Before that, in the year 1567BC, the Jews had been saved from starvation when one of the children of Jacob, Joseph, who had been sold into slavery by his brothers, took them into Egypt where there was plenty.  This is found in the Book of Genesis Chapter 42 verses 1-10, in the Bible.

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President Yoweri K. Museveni of Uganda has delivered an interesting paper at the 32nd Summit of the African Union Heads of State. This was in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 11 February 2019. Its title is Principles For Change: Africa’s Economic And Political Integration. It must be widely read, especially by the youth of Africa. It is attached hereto or posted.

For my part I am reminding that Museveni’s paper shows that the vision of two prominent Pan Africanists, namely Dr. Kwame Nkrumah and Dr. Mangaliso Robert Sobukwe refuses to die despite all kinds of excuses and sabotage.

From their graves in Accra and in Graaf-Reinet respectively; these two Pan Africanist giants and visionaries seem to be defiantly speaking of this liberatory, redemptive and necessary vision. This vision refuses to die. That is the vision of a United States of Africa, integrated politically and economically. These Pan Africanist giants paid the price for this vision. Nkrumah suffered an imperialist quo d’etat while Sobukwe suffered an endless imprisonment in Robben Island and suspected premature death through poisoning by the South African apartheid colonial regime. On this vision, let me use the words of these African leaders directly.

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