Jafta Kgalabi Masemola, ‘The Tiger of Azania’ died in a mysterious car crash on 17 April 17 April marks 23 years since ‘The Tiger of. Jafta Masemola, founder of the military wing of the black nationalist Pan- Africanist Congress, died of injuries suffered in a car accident on. Jafta Kgalabi Masemola, teacher, member of the ANCYL, member of the Pan Africanist Congress, and political prisoner. All eyes will be on the.

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Jafta died a staunch Africanist and Pan Africanist who did not only espouse Pan Africanism but believed in it. Popularly known as ‘The Tiger of Azania, Jafta Kgalabi Masemola was one of the first group of six prisoners sentenced to life in prison by the apartheid government in This accident robbed the PAC of a leader of stature and credibility just a mere 6 months after his release from Robben Jafha and other prisons where he had spent over 26 years he was sentenced to life imprisonment on 2 July and released on 15 October Female abuse is a very neglected problem in South No one ever claimed responsibility if this accident was politically motivated or simply reported the accident to the nearest police station if this was an innocent accident or wait at the scene of the accident until police or traffic cops arrive.


The event will be preceded by a Gala dinner tomorrow, where the first-ever Memorial Lecture in his honour will be conducted. The accident is still a mystery, as the person who was driving the other masemol, has never been found.

But six months after his release, he died in a car accident. Masemola was released on October 10, This hard line and uncompromising position made him the worst enemy of the racist apartheid authorities as he was not the type of leader they could do business with except on the terms of the majority.

It is this that explains the continued inequality and the poverty of the African majority. Botha then President of racist South Africa. This page requires Javascript.

Congratulations Thando on a well written article a He used these skills with the collaboration of Dr. As soon as he was out of prison he plunged into intensive and extensive political activity reviving and organizing PAC structures the length and breadth of the country.

He was a skillful carpenter and blacksmith and as such his main work on Robben Island was stone dressing. He spent over 26 years on Robben Island and in other prisons. He was comparatively still very young and full of energy, vigour and strength. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

He did not pay lip service to African unity. He believed in and fought for the total liberation and unification of Africa.


He was not the darling of the apartheid authorities. Powered by WordPress Designed by: He was the embodiment of the fighting and defiant spirit of Africanism.

Jafta Masemola, The Tiger of Azania – SAfm

On the Forum 8 this morning, we get to know more about one of the founding members of the PAC, the man who served the longest prison term on Robben Island Jafta Masemola, popularly know as the ‘Tiger of Azania’.

Jafta was a great thinker, a very creative and resourceful leader. See your browser’s documentation for specific instructions. Delays in Post Office contract not our own doing: Javascript is disabled in maseola browser.

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Jafta Masemola

Sedick Isaacs and others to create a master key to open all the doors of Robben Island prison and for this he was sent to solitary confinement for nine years. He was a tireless and relentless organizer who pursued the immediate aims and objectives of the PAC with courage and determination driven by its vision of the total liberation and unification of Africa from Cape to Cairo, Madagascar to Morocco. Like Sobukwe, Jafta was forthright and uncompromising.

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