Wed, Aug 18 | Soweto

Farewell Ceremony Of The Late Sediane Danny Montsitsi

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Farewell Ceremony Of The Late Sediane Danny Montsitsi

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Aug 18, 2021, 7:00 AM – 11:20 AM
Soweto, 1, 149 Mkhize St, Soweto, Johannnesburg, 1860 Johannnesburg, Moroka, Soweto, 1860, South Africa

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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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