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The Political Spirituality of Sobukwe’s Leadership – does it hold relevance in South Africa, post 1994?

Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe Tribute Lecture

The University of Fort Hare (UFH) Centre for Transdisciplinary Studies, in partnership with Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe Trust (RMST), will on Wednesday, 27th February 2019, host the Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe Tribute Lecture under the theme: “The Political Spirituality of Sobukwe’s Leadership does it hold relevance in South Africa, post 1994?”.

The Tribute Lecture marks the 41st anniversary of Sobukwe’s untimely passing on 27th February 1978. In a memorial service in Lesotho the first Secretary General of the Basotholand Congress Party (BCP), G.M. Kolisang pointed out that “The greatness of Sobukwe lies in the fact that it was during the period of his leadership that the struggle of Black people in South Africa acquired recognition both internally and externally. After the Sharpeville and Langa massacres, the dimensions of the liberation movement in South Africa were enlarged to international magnitude and this was particularly because of Sobukwe’s presence in the arena of political struggle”. Sobukwe belongs to a generation of popular but lonely leaders who distinguished themselves by their devotion, dedication and determination.

The Tribute Lecture will be delivered by Prof. Kwandi Kondlo of Political Economy, Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Johannesburg (UJ). Prof Kondlo is a full Professor at UJ in the aforementioned department, specialising in Global Political Economy. He is the author of several books including “In the twilight of the revolution the Pan Africanist Congress, 1959- 1990″. It is during his research for this book that he got the opportunity to examine and understand the meaning and purpose of Sobukwe. Prof Kondlo is associated with numerous Universities and Research Institutes locally and internationally.

Details for the forthcoming Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe Tribute Lecture are as follows:

DATE: Wednesday, 27th February, 2019

VENUE: University of Fort Hare, ABC Lecture Ha11, Main Building, East London

TIME: 17h30 for 18h00

RSVP: Mrs. Khayakazi Mndi via email: kmndi@ufu.ac.za or call 043 704 7352

By way of brief background, it continues to be a source of grave concern that Robert Sobukwe’s legacy and intellectual tradition continues to be marginalised in the contemporary South African academic, political and public media spaces. Sobukwe continues to be a muted philosophical voice whose socio­ political content and intellectual depth are yet to be explored. It is for this reason that UFH and RMST have partnered to give an in-depth and more critical reflection on Sobukwe.

The upcoming Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe Tribute Lecture will give voice to the forgotten and silenced ‘Son of the Soil’. It is an attempt to inscribe the marginalised perspectives, outlooks and approaches that have been systematically and institutionally obliterated from our collective national consciousness and memory bank back to the nation’s history and public discourse.

The Director of the Centre for Transdisciplinary Studies, Dr. Luvuyo Dondolo said: “Sobukwe belongs to a generation of significant, but lonely, intellectual leaders, distinguishable by their devotion, dedication and determination. He had a specific mission in life and refused to give up, even in death. We remember his intellectual and political contributions in the liberation struggle, more so, his consistent selfless devotion to decolonial discourse”.

For Media enquiries kindly contact us via email: tsipuye@gmail.com or call 060 454 4949.

For more information about the Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe Tribute Lecture contact Mrs. Khayakazi Mndi via email: kmndi@ufl1.ac.za or call 043 704 7352.

For more information about the Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe Trust contact them via email: robensobukwetrust@!!mail.com or call 049 891 1007.

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