Moses Kotane’s son Sam, has extended his family’s gratitude to the South African and Russian governments for having worked together and reaching an agreement on the repatriation of his father’s remains.
Sam Kotane has been addressing people attending Moses Kotane’s reburial in Phela, on the outskirts of Rustenburg. He says his father’s memory must last forever. Listen below to listen to Kotane’s son address at the funeral:
SACP’s general secretary Blade Nzimande says the reburial of international struggle icon Moses Kotane at his birthplace in Phella is a victory for his family and the revolution.
Kotane, who was the longest serving secretary of the South African Communist Party. Nzimande says Kotane embodied the true essence of communism and was dedicated to the cause of fighting against the explolitation of black workers.
“He was one of the greatest leaders of our movement and he was unselfishly committed to the cause of the workers and the poor and in addition, they were the ones who were the trailblazers who said ‘we cannot just say we are confronting capitalist exploitation only in the context of South Africa but we have to address the issue of the national liberation of the black working class as part of the oppressed black Africans in particular’.”
Moses Kotane died in Russia in 1978 and his remains were repatriated to South Africa earlier this month. His reburial ceremony is underway in Phella Village.