Former PAC leader remembered in EC memorial service

BY MARC JACOBSON - APRIL 14, 2016

A memorial service for former Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) President, Clarence Makwetu, will be held in Cofimvaba, Eastern Cape, on Thursday.

Makwetu died on April 1st in a Queenstown hospital at the age of 87 after suffering a prolonged illness.

The deceased Makwetu was a political activist and contributed in reshaping the political climate in the pre-Democratic South Africa.

He was in service for 42 years from 1954 to 1996, before retiring from active politics. Makwetu was the driving force behind the formation of the PAC political wing and the the Azanian People's Liberation Army (Apla).

He was elected as PAC President in 1990, before formally retiring six years later. The former PAC leader was awarded the Order of Luthuli in Silver by the Presidency unit for his fights and contribution against suppression heeding for a non-racial, non-sexist and democratic South Africa.

PAC officials, African National Congress associates, as well as other liberation icons, are expected to attend the memorial service in Cofimvaba on Thursday.    

Image: Former PAC Leader, Clarence Makwetu.