Jafta Masemola, founder of the military wing of the black nationalist Pan-Africanist Congress, died of injuries suffered in a car accident on Tuesday, his sister said today. He was 58 years old. The groups had been banned since Masemola who shared a house with him in Atteridgeville township near Pretoria.
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Jafta Masemola, founder of the military wing of the black nationalist Pan-Africanist Congress, died of injuries suffered in a car accident on Tuesday, his sister said today. He was 58 years old. The groups had been banned since Masemola who shared a house with him in Atteridgeville township near Pretoria. She said he was driving Tuesday night to Ga Rankuwa Hospital northwest of Pretoria to get treatment for a foot ailment when the accident happened.
He died at the hospital. Masemola was imprisoned in and given a life sentence on July 2, , on a conviction for blowing up power lines and smuggling young men out of the country for guerrilla training.
He was the second-longest-serving political prisoner after the African National Congress deputy president, Nelson Mandela, who was freed Feb. Masemola trained as a teacher and joined the African National Congress Youth League in the early 's, supporting Mr. Mandela and other organization leaders who were trying to set the group on a more confrontational road. When a group led by the late Robert Sobukwe broke away from the group in over the issues of land ownership, socialism, workers' power and other policies, Mr.
Masemola joined the new Pan-Africanist Congress. He became the Pan-Africanist leader in his native Transvaal province. When both organizations were banned the next year, Mr. Masemola founded the Pan-Africanists' military wing. It carried out sabotage attacks on Government installations before Mr. Mandela formed the African National Congress's military wing. View on timesmachine. TimesMachine is an exclusive benefit for home delivery and digital subscribers.
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The event will be preceded by a Gala dinner tomorrow, where the first-ever Memorial Lecture in his honour will be conducted. Popularly known as 'The Tiger of Azania, Jafta Kgalabi Masemola was one of the first group of six prisoners sentenced to life in prison by the apartheid government in He spent over 26 years on Robben Island and in other prisons. Masemola was released on October 10, But six months after his release, he died in a car accident.
Jafta Masemola, 58; Began Armed Wing Of Pan-Africanists
He lost both his parents at an early age and was raised by his sister. The family moved to Marabastad and then to Atteridgeville in where he enrolled at De Jong Primary School and completed standard six in His first teaching post was in Atteridgeville where he worked on a temporary basis until he got a permanent post at Mmakau Primary School Rama in Western Transvaal. He intertwined lessons with political education, thus influencing some of the children and as well as his colleagues at his school.
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