The oldest ANC veteran in Pietermaritzburg, Anton Xaba, is in the process of releasing a book about the history of Sobantu’s participation in the struggle against apartheid.
It was during the tombstone unveiling of Mkhonto weSizwe (MK) cadre Sipho “Machina” Xulu in Sobantu on Saturday that Xaba announced the imminent launch of the book. He said the book’s aim is to educate young people about the heroes of the struggle who came from the area.
“Many people turn Mkhonto weSizwe into a joke because they don’t know its history. The book is to help people understand the struggle …” said Xaba.
Sobantu-born Xulu was sentenced to death by hanging in Pretoria in 1986 after he and fellow MK cadre Lucky Payi were convicted of murdering MK operative Ben Langa (brother of Constitutional Court Chief Justice Pius Langa and writer Mandla Langa) after Langa was wrongfully suspected of being an apartheid spy.
More than 19 years later, Xulu’s body was exhumed from a Pretoria cemetery and reburied in the city next to his family members. Speakers took turns to praise his dedication to the struggle. They said young people should honour him by taking part in community development and rebuilding the ANC.
“The history of Sobantu’s participation in the struggle remains untold. Without history we forget about the aim of the struggle and fight over positions instead,” said KZN MK Veterans Association secretary Nonkonzo Molai.