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President Ramaphosa Mourns the Loss of Liberation Struggle Veteran, Dr Ernest Motsoko Pheko

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Dr Ernest “Motsoko” Pheko

Dr Ernest Motsoko Pheko


President Cyril Ramaphosa has pronounced his profound mourning at the departure of Dr Ernest Motsoko Pheko, a venerable figure in the liberation struggle and a former leader of the Pan Africanist Congress (PAC). At 94 years of age, Dr Pheko’s life came to a close last Friday, leaving behind a legacy marked by his remarkable contributions as a lawyer, author, theologian, academic, and historian.

The Presidency, in a solemn declaration, revealed that Dr Pheko’s life journey included pivotal roles such as representing the PAC at the United Nations and serving as a Member of Parliament, highlighting a career dedicated to political engagement and the fight for justice. In extending his deepest sympathies, President Ramaphosa reached out to Dr Pheko’s family, friends, comrades, and a wide circle of associates who span both national borders and the global community.

“With the passing of Motsoko Pheko, we are grateful for the extended lifetime during which this son of Lesotho became a champion of our liberation struggle and fought for the rights of dispossessed and landless people who had endured colonialism and apartheid,” President Ramaphosa expressed, acknowledging the breadth of Dr Pheko’s commitment to the plight of those oppressed by colonial and apartheid regimes.

Dr Pheko’s multifaceted career, characterized by his diverse qualifications and impassioned activism, positioned him as a towering figure whose contributions to human development and the intellectual heritage of the nation, and indeed the continent, cannot be overstated. President Ramaphosa reflected on this, saying, “His diverse qualifications and interests made Motsoko Pheko an invaluable contributor to human development and the intellectual heritage of our nation and that of our continent whose causes and accomplishments were uppermost in his consciousness and activism.”

As South Africa marks three decades of freedom, President Ramaphosa took the moment to pay tribute not just to Dr Pheko but to all who have played a part in steering the country towards the democratic dispensation celebrated today. “We honour all individuals and political traditions who brought about the dispensation in which we live today and to whom we remain indebted,” he said

Dr Ernest “Motsoko” Pheko
Dr Ernest “Motsoko” Pheko

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