Bela-Bela’s late Peter Shibambo was among the remembered COSAS Waterberg Regional stalwarts. Photo: Lizzy Bapela
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Fallen and living heroes and heroines of the Congress of South African Students (COSAS) were remembered and celebrated during the movement’s 38th anniversary celebration.
Hundreds of Cosas members from all local municipalities within the Waterberg District flocked to Mokopane to attend the event, held at the Aboo Tayob Hall on Friday, 2 June.
Central to the summit was to remember the student movement’s heroes and heroines, and to press home demands for free, quality and compulsory education.
Fallen stalwarts remembered included the movement’s first president in the region, Ephraim Mogale of Modimolle, and provincial spokesperson Peter Shibambo of Bela-Bela.
The movement’s living legends included Modimolle’s Teenage Monama and Thabo Makunyane, Mogalakwena’s Tolly Mashamaite, Sophonia Mamabolo, Pimpi Mokhonoana and Charles Makhubela, as well as Pat Motlouneng of Thabazimbi.
Many others who selflessly waged the struggle for “People’s Education in our lifetime” were also saluted during the event.
The annual convention is always an event to look forward to and this year was extra special as the ANC, SASCO, COSATU and SADTU leadership at the region and branches graced the occasion.
Acting Mogalakwena Mayor, Councillor Malesela Mokwele said the stalwarts dreamt of free quality education, and that no child should travel long distances, barefooted and on an empty stomach in search of education.
Mokwele highlighted that Cosas was formed against the backdrop of the broader political liberation movement, having been banned and its leaders either imprisoned, banished or exiled.
He said it was also on the heels of the Students’ Uprisings of 1976 which were met by unparalleled violence and repression by the apartheid regime. Mamabolo was among the leaders who received military training abroad, and returned to South Africa to lead Cosas in the region.
Meanwhile, former ANC Youth League Waterberg Regional Chairperson and also former Cosas Mookgophong Sub-Regional leader, Sipho Mhlanga, wished the movement’s current leaders well and advised them to follow in the footsteps of the former leaders, living or posthumously.
Cosas’ current Waterberg Regional Secretary, Joel Mabula, expressed his gratitude towards structures represented at the event. He also wished well to all the learners from across the district who are writing their mid-year exam.
4 months ago 14 June 2017