Dr Motsoko Pheko

Dr Motsoko Pheko


Dr. Motsoko Pheko

Dr. Mangaliso Robert Sobukwe died on 27th February 1978.Forty one years after his death, history shows that he was an outstanding revolutionary pace setter. Frantz Fanon the renowned author of a book called THE WRETCHED OF THE EARTH has observed and profoundly stated that “Each generation in its relative nebulosity must discover its mission, and then fulfil it or betray it.”

 Sobukwe, a university lecturer at Witwatersrand University in Johannesburg; discovered his mission and then fulfilled it. He never betrayed his mission for his colonially landdispossessed people.

His mission became public nationally and internationally when his first political step resulted in the destruction of the enslaving colonial law – the “Dom Pass,” in South Africa. This inhuman law had conditioned the African people to regard their colonisers as demigods.

The Sharpeville Uprising which Sobukwe initiated with his Pan Africanist Congress comrades and led on 21st March 1960 changed the South African politics and the thinking of the world drastically, dramatically and irreversibly.

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Programme Director,

Dr.Mokhehle’s Family, Ladies and Gentlemen. It is a great honour for me to speak to you at this historic occasion. Let me start by saying that:

1. The past must not be changed, distorted and manipulated. It must be accepted only as it unfolded.

2. Knowledge is learning something every day. Wisdom is letting off something every day.

3. If you don’t hold on to your dream, others will hire you to help them hold to their own dream.

4. The hardest rock will yield to those who drill it with determination.

5. When you give a man a fish you are feeding him for a day. When you teach him how to fish, you are feeding him for life.

In 1957 “Nonyana” as Dr.Ntsu Mokhehle was popularly called; invited a Pan Africanist brother of his to come here to address the Basutoland African National Congress, later called Mahata ‘Moho – “ The United Ones” in English. This was BCP (Basutoland Congress Party).

This distinguished friend of Dr. Mokhehle was later to be Dr. Mangaliso Robert Sobukwe. He became a lecturer at Witwatersrand University in South Africa. This was before he was imprisoned in Robben Island, literally for life since the colonialist regime in South Africa banished him to Kimberly, denying him medical attention until he died there without trial in any court.

This speaker had been a fellow student and friend of his at Fort Hare University. He was later imprisoned on Robben Island. He attracted a special law made for him alone. He died under mysterious circumstances and suspicion of being poisoned by the South African apartheid colonialist regime.

On qualities of leadership, Sobukwe has said:

“True leadership demands complete subjugation of self.

 Absolute honesty, integrity and uprightness of character

Courage and fearlessness

And above all a consuming love for one’s people.”

Dr. Ntsu Mokhehle excellently fits the type of leader described here, beyond reasonable doubt. He was born in a comfortable family. His father, Cicero Mokhehle was not only a headman at Teyateyaneng where “Nonyana” was born on 26 December 1918. Dr. Mokhehle’s father was also a teacher of high calibre and class. He became one of the earliest Mosotho school inspectors in Lesotho. His wife was Mrs ‘Maseeng Mokhehle. They raised up young Ntsu Mokhehle together. Dr. Mokhehle’s wife was ‘Maneo Mokhehle, a nurse by profession. They had two daughters Topollo and Mosonngoa and a son named Ts’iliso.

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Dr. Motsoko Pheko’s Documents in the Documentation Centre for African Studies

Accession 133 University Of South Africa (UNISA) 12th December 2018


A dream that was true   SEM Pheko  1973

The story of a dispossessed people   Ethel Khopung  1972

The significance of Sharpville uprising   David Dube   1982

Mozambique and Azania’s struggle   David Dube  (no date)

The thoughts of Mangaliso Robert Sobukwe    SEM Pheko  (no date)

Books that reveal hidden knowledge and increase your wisdom


List of DVD’s and CD’s containing speeches at the United Nations and in the South African Parliament by Dr SEM Pheko, as well as freedom songs

The Church and political protest     1971

The role of African Christian authors     1971

A tribute to Mangaliso R Sobukwe    12/ 03/ 1978

International law of armed conflict,guerrilla warfare and South Africa        11/ 1989

International law against racism and Apartheid         13/ 11/ 1992

Civilian and military relations in African societies    08/ 02/ 1994

Teacher’s role in the cultivation of the culture of learning    24/ 06/ 1995

Pan Africanism: past, present  and future      15/ 10/ 1995

Yes to “common patriotism” but…     13/ 02/ 1996

This is the PAC track record                          20/ 03/ 1996

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Chair Person,

I salute all Pan Africanist Brothers and Sisters at this historic memorial of the 60th departure of President Kwame Nkrumah from this planet. It is encouraging and inspiring to see that his spirit is still with all Pan Africanists. His vision of Pan Africanism has refused to die. It will never die as long as we have people like you in Africa and in the Diaspora. In fact, the death of Pan Africanism would be the death of Africans wherever they may be. It is important that we have had people like yourselves.

It is worth reminding however, that Africa is a beautiful house that has been burning for some time with its children, women and men trapped inside it. They are desperately trying to come out. As Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe correctly put it in his day, “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. Imperialism emasculated Africa of its will to live as human being and enjoy its share of bounties of the earth.”

Africa must be recovered, retrieved, reconstructed and restored to her pre-colonial power and dignity. Africa must not be an imitation of Europe. Prof. Ngungi wa Thiongo of Kenya has written, “Africa does not need charity. Africa needs liberation.” As Prof. Dani Wadala Nabudere of Uganda that well-spoken Pan Africanist academic put it, in his life time, “For Africa to regain her dignity she must recreate her own world view and identity through knowledge.” Continue reading


Motsoko Pheko

What is heritage? Is there any particular thing we need to have in order to claim our heritage effectively and beneficially? My point of view is that in order to claim our heritage we must have knowledge in all sphere of life. In other words we must hunger for epistemology. Epistemology has been described as the process and grounds of knowledge or science of knowledge.

It is therefore quite a challenge to claim our heritage as Africans, especially when we look at the visitation of Africa and Africa’s people by the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, colonisation of Africa and the barbarism of racism. These barbaric acts had a dehumanising effect on Africa and her people.

Claiming Our Heritage is therefore very broad covering many spheres of life, one of which is knowledge. Today I can only tease this subject. I will therefore, give only an introduction before we can move fruitfully on our road of claiming our heritage. Elementarily therefore, I will deal with examples here in South Africa.

Claiming Our Heritage is a subject for many lectures and books. It affects us now. But it will affect our children even more in generations to come if we do not deal with it effectively, factually and truthfully now. Let me give my humble contribution to it.

The Khoisan And Other Africans In Azania (South Africa)

From the early days of Jan van Reebieck in 1652, all Africans made it clear that this country belongs to them. It is theirs. When Jan van Reebieck asked why the Khoi people were fighting the European colonial settlers;

a Khoi Ruler replied that the Khoi people saw colonial settlers taking the best lands and grazing their cattle where the Khoi were accustomed to grazing their own cattle; and in a manner that indicated the colonial settlers did not intend to leave the African country. It seemed they wanted to take permanent possession of the African land for themselves. Continue reading



  On 3rd June 2012, a columnist of the City Press Newspaper wrote, “There are many ways of being African in South Africa…this Africanness is accessible to everyone who lives on the continent, whoever you are….It is not intuitively connected to descendants of Inkosi yamaXhosa uSandile or Shaka Zulu, but to Jan van Riebeeck too. This is what former President Thabo Mbeki defined it in his seminal speech, I am an African.”         

I will deal with the “I am an African” by former President Thabo Mbeki later. For now the question is are there many ways of being a British in Britain? Are there many ways of being a Chinese in China? Are the many ways of being a German in Germany or many ways of being a Russian in Russia whose minority dictates to the majority population? How would have the British or Russians reacted if the Nazis entered Britain and Russia declared themselves British or Russian on their Nazi terms, in their own many ways?

The delusion about national identity in South Africa stems from a falsified colonial history. It is exacerbated by the 1955 political manipulation by which a certain section of the leadership of colonised African people abandoned the anti-colonial struggle for a civil rights movement. They claimed that their country belongs equally to the colonisers and the colonised, the dispossessors and the dispossessed owners.

This is tantamount to saying that stolen goods can equally belong to armed thieves and their rightful owners. It is not magnanimity. It is betrayal of the dispossessed.

                                They Want “Africanness” On A Colonial Foundation

Where has this happened anywhere in the world, except where British imperialism seized this African country at gunpoint, consolidated its colonialism through the Union of South Africa Act 1909 and allocated its 349,837 colonial settlers 93% of the country and left five million Africans with 7% through the Native Land Act 1913 and additional 6% through the Native Trust Land Act 1936? This 13% has now been entrenched in section 25(7) of the present Eurocentric constitution misleadingly called “the best democratic constitution in the world.”

For people who are now equal partners to Africanness in their own ways; a British colonial official Earl Glen long made it clear that “The Africans are generally looked upon by Whites as an inferior race whose interests must be systematically disregarded when they come into competition with their own, and should be governed to the advantage of the superior race….For this reason two things must be afforded to white colonists obtaining LAND…the Kaffirs should be made to furnish as large and cheap labour as possible.” Continue reading


A Lecture At Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute, 22nd November 2018, Senate House Hall, 2nd Floor –Theo van Wyk Building, University Of South Africa Main Campus, Pretoria
Mr. Chairman, Ladies and Gentlemen, It is an honour for me to speak to you at this important Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute.
Let me start by saying that life must be lived forward. But it can only be understood backward. As that Roman philosopher (Marcus Tillius) Cicero put it many years ago, “To remain ignorant of things before you were born is to remain a child.”
For his part Dr. John Henrik 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 where they have been, where they are now…more importantly where they still must go.”
Indeed, our own Dr. Muziwakhe Anthony Lembede that great philosopher and awakener of the African youth of his generation has written, “One who wants to create a future must not forget the past.”
An African proverb itself long said: “When you fall, do not look where you fell, look where you slipped.” Many people with regard to this country preach the gospel of “Forget the Past.” But where their own issues are involved, they not only remember the past, but they commemorate it. Continue reading


My beloved brothers and sisters,

Africa Liberation Day is a glorious history of the Sons and Daughters of Africa both at home and in the Diaspora. It came through much blood and sweat, suffering, sacrifice and matchless patriotic service.

Through the inhuman and barbaric European Trans Atlantic Slave Trade, Africans were sold like animals. In 1885 at the imperialist Berlin Conference, European colonialists heard Leopold a king of Belgium who was their chairman say: “We are here to see how we should divide among ourselves this magnificent African cake.”

Indeed, through their colonial terrorism, they turned Africa into “British Africa,” “French Africa,” “Italian Africa,” “German Africa,” “Portuguese Africa,” “Spanish Africa,” and “Belgian Africa.” They looted the riches of Africa except for Ethiopia whose Battle of Adwa later in 1896, taught the Italians the lesson they have not forgotten to this day. They decimated the Italian army and reduced it to dust.

Africa Liberation Day was set aside by that outstanding Pan Africanist Kwame Nkrumah on the occasion of the first conference of the then only eight independent states held in Accra Ghana on 15 April 1958. This historic act was later on 25th May 1963 adopted by the founding fathers of the Organisation of African Unity at Addis Ababa in Ethiopia.

Of course, when we celebrate Africa Liberation Day we must not forget the tremendous contribution that has been made by our Pan Africanist brothers in the Diaspora, such as Henry Sylvester Williams, W.E.B. Du Bois, Marcus Garvey, George Padmore, C.L.R. James, Kwame Ture and many others. In fact, the first Pan African Congress was organised by Sylvester Williams in 1900. It also seems that as early as 1776 there was already much Pan African awakening in the Diaspora.

The Pan African vision was translated into action by Pan Africanist leaders at

the 5thPan African Congress in Manchester in 1945. It is here that the Pan African vision was unveiled to bring about the decolonisation of Africa.

These Pan Africanist heroes enabled us never to forget what the Pan African vision that gave birth to Africa Liberation Day was all about.

Yes, the African Union has replaced the Organisation of African Unity. But the speed at which Africa is uniting and controlling its economy and increasing its military power to look after the Pan African security of Africa is very slow, if not almost zero.

The glaring terrible example of this is the 2011 invasion and destruction of Libya under Muammar Gaddafi and the terrorist economic sanctions that were imposed on Robert Mugabe’s Zimbabwe by Western countries including imperialist America.

I agree with what some Pan Africanists who have now left this planet has warned: “If we want Africa to be really independent tomorrow, our people to look to the future with confidence; we who today have the responsibility for her destiny must have the will to renounce everything that might…compromise the success of policies or freedom of the African people.”

These words were spoken by President Modibo Keita of Mali. He, Kwame Nkrumah and Sekou Toure of Guinea played a very significant role towards the

founding of the OAU in 1963. They worked hard with Emperor Haile

Selassie I of Ethiopia; to unite what was Casablanca group and Monrovia group into the Organisation of Africa Unity (OAU).

However, I agree with Dr Kwame Nkrumah the first President of Ghana when he said, “There is no time to waste. We must unite now or perish….We have already reached a stage where we must unite or sink into the condition which made Latin America the unwilling and distressed prey of imperialism after one and half centuries of political independence……

We must recognise that our economic independence resides in our African Union and requires the same concentration ….We are learning now that political independence is not enough to rid us of the consequences of colonial rule.”

As early as 1959, in Azania (South Africa), the Pan Africanist Congress President, Mangaliso Robert Sobukwe envisaged that “…by the end of that 20th century the standard of living of our people will undoubtedly have risen dramatically.” This ideological brother of Dr Kwame Nkrumah spoke of “the giant monolithic state of Africa.”

Brothers and Sisters, We must use Liberation Day to speed up the Pan African world that serves the interests of Africans both at home and in the Diaspora economically and technologically.

Pan Africanism is the compass for restoring Africa’s dignity, power and prosperity. We must continue to sing:

“Unite, unite all you Africans unite

And rally to the banner

Of the African Nation…

A new social order

Original in conception

Pan Africanistic in orientation”

This song was composed by a Pan Africanist Congress leader Zephaniah Mothopeng. He was sentenced to 30 years imprisonment for the SOWETO UPRISING OF JUNE 16, 1976.

Long Live Africa Liberation Day!





Why South African Constitution must be ammended


1. How Colonialism Adversely Affected South Africa (Azania)
2. What happened four years after Union of South Africa Act 1909
3. Leaders Of South African Native National Congress Petition King George V On Land Dispossession
4. Justice Loving People Speak Against Land Dispossession Of African People
5.Prince Maqoma On Land Before Imprisoned In Robben Island
6. King Moshoeshoe Articulating Stealing Of Land By Whites
7. Perfidious Lies Told To Cover Crimes of Colonialism
8. South Africa “New” or Old Never Addressed Land Dispossession Justly
9. International Law On Valid Title To Land – Nemo Dat Quo Non Habet
10. South Africa The Only Colony Britain Never Decolonised
11. Drafters Of South African Constitution Ignored Nemo Dat Quod Non Habet
12. Long Settlement Does Not Transfer Indigenous Title
13. Comments ON Section 25 of South African Constitution
14. Africa Needs A New Breed Of Investors
15. CONCLUSION: Importance Of History To The Present

On the 27 April 1994 there was joy, dancing and jubilation in the streets of South Africa. They were celebrating the birth of what was called “New South Africa” or “Rainbow Nation” under Nelson Mandela. Many former colonisers of Africa too, and their allies were happy that it was the “moderates” that were going to rule this nation.
They proclaimed the constitution of South Africa as “the best and most democratic in the world.” But in 2018, almost 24 years after the creation of “New South Africa,” there are loud and angry voices that the constitution of this country must be amended. There is a strong demand that there be expropriation of land without compensation.
What has really gone wrong with the constitution that was so highly praised? It is important that another mistake is not made with regard to this country’s constitution on the fundamental issue such as land. Of course, the main problem is that the colonial disease that had been inflicted on the country was ignored. Largely it was intentional on the part of the colonialists. They wanted “change” on their colonial terms
But also, some African leaders supposedly involved in the African liberation struggle at one point; saw the struggle as no longer anti-colonial, but as mere civil rights movement. Thus they dealt with the symptoms of European colonialism and not with the colonial causes themselves.
The colonialists took advantage of this. They called those who fought against the symptoms of colonialism as “moderates,” “reasonable” and conservative.” They called fighters who fought against the real disease – colonialism, as “extremists” “radicals” “militants” and “anti-whites.”
For example, explaining the reason why the apartheid colonialist regime of South Africa should negotiate with the “moderates;” The Star newspaper in Johannesburg, on 18th June 1986 reported: Continue reading

First world heart transplant must

 The first world heart transplant occurred in South Africa on 3rd December 1967. The third of December 2017 was the 50th anniversary of this dramatic scientific invention. Unfortunately, as in 1967, an African person who contributed to this extra-ordinary scientific achievement is being excluded. This distorts this magnificent story and makes it incomplete.

I am now here reminding what is left out of this important scientific achievement. When it happened an observer of world events remarked, “When South African heart surgeon, Christiaan Barnard stunned the world by performing the first human heart transplant in the world at Groot Schuur Hospital on 3rd December 1967, little was said about Hamilton Naki, an unassuming laboratory assistant who was often on Barnard ‘s side.”

Naki was born at Ngcingane village in the rural area of the Eastern Cape of South Africa.This was on the 26t June 1926. He died on 29 May 2005. He was educated only to Standard Six level – an equivalent of today’s Grade Seven.

In 1940 he went to live in Langa Township and worked as a “garden boy” at the University of Cape Town. In 1954 a University’s medical doctor after noticing his extreme intelligence hired him to work with him in the animal laboratory. He soon progressed cleaning animal cages, to anaesthesia on dogs. He assisted also in operating a giraffe. This was to determine why giraffes did not faint when bending to drink water. Continue reading