Farewell Ceremony Of The Late Sediane Danny Montsitsi
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Obituary Of The Late Daniel Sediane Sechaba Montšitsi
Born: 24 May 1954
Died: 12 August 2021
Daniel Sediane Sechaba Montšitsi was born in Alexandra Township on the 24 May 1954, the third and eldest son of the late Senkhane Wallace Montšitsi and Priscilla Matlakala Montšitsi (nee Pooe). He started his schooling at Ikage Primary School in Alexandra Township, proceeded to Seipateng Higher Primary School, in Diepkloof and then Sekano-Ntoane High School in Senaoane, Soweto. He joined South African Student Movement (SASM) at a young age and later rose to its executive committee and the National Youth Organisation, this displayed his youthful courage to assume leadership, a virtue he carried throughout his life
Bra Dan, as he was affectionately known by his comrades, was alongside Tsietsi Mashinini and Khotso Seatlholo, who were key leaders of the June 16 1976, Soweto student uprisings and he became the last president of the Soweto Students Representative Council (SSRC) at the height of the apartheid repression, where most young student leaders and activists were in and out of detention. Under his leadership, working with many young activists, Cde Dan displayed the ability to lead a massive protest by students against the imposition of Afrikaans as a medium of instruction, an apartheid policy move that was to subjugate the black child into perpetual slavery by further entrenching the Bantu Education system in general On the eve of the celebration of the first anniversary of June 16, 1976, Cde Dan with all the leaders of the SSRC, were arrested in Diepkloof, this arrest became the biggest swoop of that time. Up until that period, the Special Branch had failed to arrest Tsietsi Mashinini and Khotso Seatlholo, this might have brought a triumphalist attitude in the special branch. Together with his comrades, Cde Dan was subjected to extreme torture, beaten and kept in solitary confinement.
He later was put on awaiting trial for nearly two years, under the section six terrorism act, finally, he became part of the Soweto 11, charged for sedition and “organising violent protests”. In 1979, he was ultimately sentenced to an effective four years imprisonment on Robben Island where he spent three years. On his release from Robben Island in July 1983, Montšitsi continued his activism, playing a central role in the building of the Soweto Youth Congress (Soyco). In 1985, he was elected to the United Democratic Front (UDF) Transvaal Executive and served as its youth organiser. He also played a critical role in the Soweto Civic Association and the launch of the South African Youth Congress in 1987. He served 16 months under the Emergency regulations and was only released following his participation in the hunger strike in 1989. On his release, he was put under a stringent restriction order. Montšitsi joined a new democratic parliament in 1994 as an ANC MP and served as member of the joint standing committee of defence as well as other select committees. In 2013, the party named him as the leader of its parliamentary caucus.
He also served on the Ad Hoc Committee on the General Intelligence Laws Amendment Bill, the Standing Committee on Defence and the Select Committee on Labour and Public Enterprises, among other portfolios. On his passing, he was deputy chairperson of the June 16 1976 Foundation. Cde Dan stood against the apartheid regime; he weathered the storms of apartheid. As one of the younger members sent to parliament in 1994, Comrade Dan played a critical role in building a constitutional democracy that we today enjoy. A constitutional democracy that we must jealously guard, notwithstanding the current challenges. Comrade Dan Montšitsi is survived by his wife, Phila Masiza and 4 children; 3 sons, Khauhelo, Senkane, Sechaba, and daughter Palesa; His two sisters Dorcas Baby Kgositsile, Selwane Montšitsi and his baby brother Papa Montšitsi.
Robala ka Khotso Mosia Motubatsi … motho wa mma ntshang dithebe di ome, di se nne di omela mokwabo tlung. Ha kgomo e lahlehile, le tla e botsa Basia Batubatsi, bat la le bontsha yona dipharong tsa majwe ke motho wa Tshele le Letuka Lebajwa le Nkwenyana Ngwana Sediane sa Rapula.
May His Soul rest in Eternal Peace.
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