Jafta Kgalabi Masemola, ‘The Tiger of Azania’ died in a mysterious car crash on 17 April 17 April marks 23 years since ‘The Tiger of. Jafta Masemola, founder of the military wing of the black nationalist Pan- Africanist Congress, died of injuries suffered in a car accident on. Jafta Kgalabi Masemola, teacher, member of the ANCYL, member of the Pan Africanist Congress, and political prisoner. All eyes will be on the.

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His death also ,asemola at the time when PAC needed a strong leader of his caliber, credentials and track record especially on the eve of the All-Party negotiations and CODESA that would eventually lead to the first democratic elections of 27 April He did not pay lip service to African unity. He was a skillful carpenter and blacksmith and as such his main work on Robben Island was stone dressing. This accident remains mysterious because the person who was driving the truck that killed Jafta Masemola disappeared into thin air.

This page requires Javascript. But six months after his release, he died in a car accident. His fighting, defiant and uncompromising spirit will continue to guide and inspire all honest, committed and dedicated Africanists and Pan Africanists. Congratulations Thando on a well written article a Delays in Post Office contract not our own doing: Masemola was released on October 10, On the Forum 8 this morning, we get to know more about one of the founding members of the PAC, the man who served the longest prison term on Robben Island Masemol Masemola, popularly know as the ‘Tiger of Azania’.

Jafta Masemola

This hard line and uncompromising position made him the worst enemy of the racist apartheid authorities as he was not the type of leader they could do business with except on the terms of the majority. Jafta died a staunch Africanist and Pan Africanist who did not only espouse Pan Africanism but believed in it. In he rejected the offer of conditional release made by P.


He was a tireless and relentless organizer who pursued the immediate aims and objectives of the PAC with courage and determination driven by its vision of the total liberation and unification of Africa from Cape to Cairo, Madagascar to Morocco. This state of affairs Jafta Masemola would not have countenanced or accepted because he stood for the equitable distribution of wealth and the control of the resources of our country for the benefit of the African majority.

He was comparatively still very young and full of energy, vigour and strength. Like Sobukwe, Jafta was forthright and uncompromising.


Javascript is disabled in this browser. He was the embodiment of the fighting and defiant spirit of Africanism. His sculptures could still be seen even after he had been released from Robben Island though they seem to have now been removed by the powers that be. Masmola, Azania Maseemola Africa: 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 Sedick Isaacs and others to create a master key to open all the doors of Robben Island prison and for this he was sent to masfmola confinement for nine years.

No one ever claimed responsibility if this accident was politically motivated or simply reported the accident to the nearest police station if this was an innocent accident or wait at the scene of the accident until police or traffic cops arrive.

Female abuse is a very neglected problem in South It is this that explains the continued inequality and the poverty of the African majority. He believed in and fought for the total liberation and unification of Africa.


This also explains why he had to die because he was not suitable for the new dispensation that has left the apartheid economic status quo and land jadta intact buttressed by the neoliberal capitalism and the free market economy. Features Gigaba delivers maiden budget.

Jafta was a great thinker, a very creative and resourceful leader. Nothing is as frustrating in life as waking up eve He can be contacted on As soon as he was out of prison he plunged into intensive and extensive political activity reviving and organizing PAC structures the length and breadth of the country. Cancervive Annual Motorcycle Ride.

He was not the darling of the apartheid authorities. He was honest, selfless and incorruptible and only guided by the interests and aspirations of the poorest of the poor, the have-nots and the dispossessed African majority who still live in abject poverty and squalor 19 years since national freedom on the 27 April See your masemol documentation for jatfa instructions. Botha then President of racist South Africa. He remained in a fighting and defiant mood throughout his imprisonment on Robben Island and other prisons he was transferred to after Robben Island in He used these skills with the collaboration of Dr.

He turned the church near where he lived into a political forum to address school children, his neighbours, PAC members and the Atteridgeville community at large. The accident is still a mystery, as the person who was driving the other vehicle, has never been found.