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PAC demands University of Fort Hare be renamed after Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe

By Yolanda Palezweni - Sep 29, 2017
PAC demands University of Fort Hare be renamed after Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe

The Pan Africanist Congress of Azania (PAC) in the Eastern Cape on Friday picketed outside the University of Fort Hare’s Bhisho Campus, demanding that the university changes its name to Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe University. 

The PAC founder studied at Fort Hare together with other struggle icons.

According to the PAC Provincial Secretary, Sandla Goqwana, the PAC delivered a memorandum to the university’s management, demanding the name change on the 27th of February this year, but until now, the university has not responded.

“The response of the university has been one of contempt and arrogance, as they never responded to the memorandum as well as follow up letters requesting a response or a meeting,” said Goqwana.

He added that, the PAC has vowed not to let the matter rest, and is intent on teaching Fort Hare a lesson - that a call for freedom cannot be undermined by anyone, especially some “mickey-mouse bureaucrats, who still cling to colonial symbols to validate themselves to former colonial masters”.

A meeting was reportedly held on Friday morning between the university’s management and the PAC representatives.

According to Goqwana, they have agreed to have meeting on the 16th of October to further discuss the matter.

“We cannot afford to have our universities being used to preserve colonial generals’ history and heritage – generals, who hated and killed our forefathers,” he said.

“The name of Sobukhwe is not properly recognised, and this is an insult to our struggle.”

He said that Sobukwe was the only man in the history of South Africa, who was kept alone at the Robben Island.

Goqwana warned that the PAC would take more drastic measures if the October meeting fails to yield positive outcomes.

“The PAC has tolerated the university management long enough, we will continue pushing until all what we demand comes to action,” he concluded.


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