The Strategic Dialogue Group and the South African Student Solidarity Foundation for Education are inviting the public to a memorial for the late Tiego Moseneke, on Wednesday, as he is remembered for his unique contribution and legacy in the country.
Moseneke, a prominent lawyer and struggle activist, died in a car accident in April. He is also the younger brother of former Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke.
The memorial is jointly organised by the Strategic Dialogue Group, the South African Student Solidarity Foundation for Education, the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), the Students’ Representative Council (SRC), and the former Wits Black Students Society (BSS) and will take place at Wits, in the Senate Room, on East Campus, at 17h00 on May 31.
“Moseneke's untimely departure is a great loss to our nation, particularly to political change and rebuilding the country. In this time of mourning, we call upon all South Africans to reflect on the remarkable legacy that Tiego Moseneke has left behind,” said the organisations hosting the memorial.
As an active member of the Strategic Dialogue Group, Moseneke contributed significantly to important conversations surrounding the current state of the African National Congress (ANC).
He is hailed for his frankness in addressing the challenges and shortcomings within the ANC.
He served on the first ANC executive after the party’s unbanning and the founding national executive of the United Democratic Front.
Among those expected to honour Moseneke are Wits SRC member Kamogelo Mabe, Wits BSS member Firoz Cachalia and former Wits SRC president Nompendulo Mkatshwa, who is now chairperson of the Higher Education Committee in Parliament.
The organisations said Moseneke would also be remembered for being a charismatic and visionary leader in the struggle for a fairer and more just world, through his wide-ranging work in the student movement, in mass organisations, in politics and in business.
As a student leader, he mobilised fellow students within the BSS and helped to give a voice to the marginalised.
“Let us continue his fight for social justice and political transformation, inspired by his unwavering dedication and unwavering belief in the power of collective action,” the organisations said.
Those who wish to attend the memorial virtually can sign up here: https://wits-za.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_QZUVmeDGSWWiHmzlGQrHPw#/registration