1976 student uprising leader Dan Sechaba Montsitsi has died

13 August 2021 - 09:38 By alex patrick
In June 1976, high school pupils in Soweto marched to demand better education, igniting what would become known as the Soweto Uprising. File photo.
In June 1976, high school pupils in Soweto marched to demand better education, igniting what would become known as the Soweto Uprising. File photo.
Image: Bongani Mnguni/City Press/Gallo Images/Getty Images

Dan Sechaba Montsitsi has died of complications related to Covid-19. 

Health minister Dr Joe Phaahla announced the 1976 struggle hero’s death on Friday morning.

Phaahla was speaking at a media briefing on government efforts in the fight against Covid-19 and the national vaccination rollout programme.

Montsitsi was among the leaders of the Soweto Students Representative Council which planned and organised the march on June 16 1976.

He spent three years on Robben Island and was tortured for his role in the uprising. 

Recently the struggle stalwart had been vocal about state capture, saying thieves were masquerading as revolutionaries while they stole from the country. 

Johannesburg mayor Jolidee Matongo said Montsitsi died on Thursday.

He described Montsitsi as “one of the strongest but very humble leaders” he has ever known.

“Bra Dan will forever be remembered as one of the astute young leaders of 1976 who led the youth revolution during the tough times of apartheid. It was his humbleness that saw him easily succeed in persuading other young people to join the fight against the apartheid system,” said Matongo.

“He gave of himself selflessly to the liberation struggle and made sure to impart his knowledge to the youth who came after him. Losing Bra Dan is a great loss for the people of Johannesburg, especially those of us who were looking forward to learning more from his leadership wisdom.”

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