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BNF to commemorate ANC 1962 Lobatse congress

SHARE   |   Monday, 21 August 2017   |   By Staff Writer
BNF to commemorate ANC 1962 Lobatse congress

The Botswana National Front (BNF) will on August 25-26, 2017 have a public lecture, veterans meeting, motorcade and a rally to commemorate the October 1962 African National Congress (ANC) Lobatse Congress. The public lecture will take place on August 25th at Peleng Community Hall at 1800 and will be conducted by former ANC member Mike Dingake as the main speaker to give an eye witness account of what transpired. The veterans meeting, motorcade and rally will take place on August 26th. BNF President Duma Gideon Boko will address the party veterans at 1000 at St Theresa Primary school. The motorcade will start at the same time at Extension Gunners grounds in Peleng and the rally will commence at 1400. According to BNF Publicity Secretary Justin Hunyepa, all opposition parties have been invited to this historic occasion and several political leaders are expected to address the afternoon rally. From South Africa, the ANC and the South African Communist Party have been invited to grace the event and make speeches. 

Families of Fish Keitseng, Dingake and other activists who attended the conference have also been invited to grace the commemoration. Keitseng assisted the ANC cadres for years in Lobatse. He was a member of the ANC while working in South Africa and after being deported political reasons to Botswana, he continued to assist the ANC in the liberation struggle at his house in Lobatse. During the height of the ANC liberation struggle, Keitseng housed South African former Presidents Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki at his Lobatse house. He also assisted thousands of the ANC activists en-route to other parts of the world for political and military training. In October 1962, Cde Keitseng organised the ANC underground Congress in Lobatse where the party also launched its fresh armed struggle under their military wing, Umkhoto We Sizwe against the apartheid regime. Keitseng and Dingake were to later contribute to the formation of the BNF in 1965 and it is their heroic and sterling contributions to the ANC, the people of South Africa and the BNF that their work is being celebrated. Lobatse residents have also over the years been loyal and a darling of the BNF. Cde Keitseng passed on the 28th March 2005 having been a BNF councillor in Gaborone from 1989 to 1994. He has since received the Order of Luthuli House (Silver) from South African government and his historic Lobatse house has been declared a national monument.