Mapaila: White SAns who died during liberation struggle not recognised

Mapaila: White SAns who died during liberation struggle not recognised

- SACP deputy general secretary Solly Mapaila laments the amount of recognition given to white citizens who gave their lives in the fight for freedom

- Mapaila feels more respect should be given to South Africans who joined in the rebellion against apartheid

- This comes as an inquest is held into the death of Dr Neil Aggett, a former anti-apartheid activist

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ACP deputy general secretary Solly Mapaila has lamented how little recognition is given to white South Africans who paid the ultimate price in the fight against apartheid.

IOL reports that Mapaila had commented on the sidelines of the inquest being held into the death of anti-apartheid activist Dr Neil Aggett.

Aggett, also a trade unionist, had died at the hands of security police while in detention during the oppressive regime.

Mapaila denounced the current attitude towards white citizens in South Africa, commenting:

“As we resolve the national question in SA, the recognition of the contribution of white South Africans in the liberation struggle has now waned in public amongst the black people, who, some of them, believe that every other white man was an apartheid person when many of them joined the struggle and risked their lives and that of their families."

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Mapaila explained that numerous white citizens had been jailed and eventually murdered, just as some black citizens had worked for the government at the time.

The SACP official welcomed the state's renewed attitude towards uncovering the truth over the deaths in police custody. However, Maipaila called for more resources to be diverted to the efforts:

“That is not enough. We have called for the allocation of resources for investigations as we know, for instance that in the Ahmed Timol case, the family went to great lengths to organise resources and networks of people and institutions to support the case, and they succeeded. But it’s not every family that can have that kind of capacity to create those networks that they did, so we need government resources."

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