The life of one of the African National Congress' (ANC) founder, Sefako Makgatho, was commemorated during a memorial service in Mamelodi West. Makgatho was born in 1861 and died in 1951.
Makgatho was a teacher, politician and journalist. The day's celebrations started with the official renaming of
Later, a memorial service led by the
"What has been achieved as a country today is because of him and other leaders of the ANC. We are honoured as citizens, and as a nation, to have a leader of his magnitude," says his grandson, Tommy Makgatho.
Later generations are still inspired by him. "He was a leader who respected our traditional beliefs and was an intellectual and a pastor in his own right. We are honoured, as the ANC, to have had a President who fits the bill," says Jackson Mthembu of the ANC National Executive Committee.
Plans are underway to declare his grave a heritage site. Khentu Pitje from the Sefako Makgatho Memorial Foundation says that the decision has to go through some formalities before it is finalized and made official.
Makgatho stepped down as the ANC’s President in 1924.