JOHANNESBURG, April 11 – The South African Communist Party(SACP) on Wednesday said it was mourning the death of “Comrade Zola Skweyiya, and conveys its heartfelt condolences to the Skweyiya family, our liberation movement and our South African society at large”.
Zola, a former cabinet minister and ambassador, died on Wednesday after a short illness at the age of 75.
“The contribution he made in our liberation struggle before 1994 and the reconstruction and development of our country after our April 1994 democratic breakthrough is colossal,” said the SACP in a statement issued by its national spokesperson, Alex Mohubetswane Mashilo.
“His role, which he played as part of the rank and file of our liberation movement and its collective leadership, requires adequate recognition.
“This is the task that our liberation movement and government – itself a product of our liberation struggle, must fulfil in consolidating a coherent programme to document the history of the struggle and its stalwarts.”
The SACP also repeated its call for educational content produced from the process to “find practical expression in our curriculum at all levels as part and parcel of our national imperative to build a non-racial, non-sexist and prosperous South Africa without class, racial and gender inequalities”.