De Waal Drive is now renamed after Philip Kgosana, but who was he? Here's a look

De Waal Drive has officially been renamed to Philip Kgosana Drive in Cape Town.

He risked his life and took a stand against the apartheid regime and unjust government pass laws.

Kgosana led a peaceful Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) anti-pass march along the road to Parliament in 1960, which subsequently led to his arrest and him fleeing into exile.

The former leader of the PAC led the march of nearly 30 000 people along part of Philip Kgosana Drive.

He was only 23 and chose to negotiate with police to avoid violent tensions between authorities and marchers.

Take a listen to Pippa Hudson's interview with Philip not long before he died.

LISTEN: Revisiting an interview with late activist and PAC leader Philip Kgosana

"Lots and lots of lives were spared", explains CapeTalk host John Maytham.

Kgosana persuaded the crowd to disperse, after being promised that PAC leaders would be given an interview with the minister of justice.

Instead of honouring their promise, police arrested him for incitement later the same day.

Kgosana would have been 81 today, but died on 20 April 2017. Read more about him here.

Listen to John Maytham describe Kgosana's historical significance and a caller share memories of marching on the day:

Image credit: South African History Online


Recommended

by THE NEWSROOM

CapeTalk welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

  • Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
  • Sexism
  • Homophobia
  • Religious intolerance
  • Cyber bullying
  • Hate speech
  • Derogatory language
  • Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the CapeTalk community a safe and welcoming space for all.

CapeTalk reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

CapeTalk is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

Read More
Unclear when Metrorail's Central line will be up and running

Unclear when Metrorail's Central line will be up and running

Metrorail spokesperson Riana Scott says it is unlikely that the central line will be functional by Friday morning.

CT motorists call for clarity over 'confusing' Ou Kaapse Weg signage

CT motorists call for clarity over 'confusing' Ou Kaapse Weg signage

The City's transport authority says it will take at least 6 weeks to try and address confusion over road signage on Ou Kaapse Weg.

New fast bowling sensation Lungi Ngidi, SA's boy next door

New fast bowling sensation Lungi Ngidi, SA's boy next door

The Proteas' fast bowling star Lungi Ngidi is the man of the moment after he took six wickets as SA beat India in the second Test.

Cable theft device may be solution to scupper rampant theft in SA

Cable theft device may be solution to scupper rampant theft in SA

Inventor of the Securi-Cable Barry Geer explains the systems and devices developed to prevent rampant cable theft in SA.

Cape Town's alleged underworld extortionist charged with murder

Cape Town's alleged underworld extortionist charged with murder

Details of Nafiz Modack and Jaques Cronje's involvement in the stabbing of a bouncer at Cubana in Green Point have emerged in court.

Revisiting an interview with late activist and PAC leader Philip Kgosana

Revisiting an interview with late activist and PAC leader Philip Kgosana

CapeTalk presenter Pippa Hudson replays an interview and remembers anti-pass activist Philip Kgosana, who died at the age of 80.

Popular articles
Bergvliet High School implements water saving measures

Bergvliet High School implements water saving measures

The school has started implementing its short-terms goals, tabled with the help of parents, staff and learners.

No returns, no refunds school uniform shop to be taken to task

No returns, no refunds school uniform shop to be taken to task

Parents are concerned about Felix Sports no returns, no refunds and no exchanges policy.

This is how much you should be paying your domestic worker

This is how much you should be paying your domestic worker

Stephen Rathai, director of employment standards at the Department of Labour talks on the new national minimum wage.

Madiba’s private secretary Zelda la Grange opens up about money (hers and his)

Madiba’s private secretary Zelda la Grange opens up about money (hers and his)

Bruce Whitfield interviews La Grange about her and Madiba's attitude to money (hopes and fears, successes and failures, etc.)

It's not the end of the road... Top tips to improve your matric

It's not the end of the road... Top tips to improve your matric

"Recognise that it’s not the end, it’s the beginning." Expert advise for school-leavers who want to improve their results.