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Night the earth shook in honour of a SA martyr


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By Aneez Salie

Cape Town – Many of the slaves and political exiles on the Cape had been banished from South-East Asia for preventing in opposition to Dutch colonialism.

They buried their respected leaders they thought to be saints at karamats (shrines) within the 4 corners of the Cape.

They believed that through so doing, it will stay where protected from herbal failures.

And certainly there weren’t any for approximately 3 centuries, till the night time of Imam Abdullah Haron’s burial.

A descendent of the ones slaves, Imam Haron used to be martyred on September 27, 1969 for preventing in opposition to colonialism of a unique sort – apartheid.

He used to be buried on September 29 through 40 000 offended mourners, together with me.

I stood through his grave that day and stated: “Don’t worry Imam, we will avenge your death.”

It used to be an excessively heavy accountability for a 13-year-old to position upon himself. It has dominated my lifestyles since. I’ve wept time and again over time.

I’ve additionally been extremely joyful through our collective victory over apartheid-colonialism, through which Shirley Gunn and I performed an element as commanders of the Ashley Kriel Detachment of the ANC’s army wing uMkhonto weSizwe, and through our son Haroon Gunn-Salie’s next demonstration that A luta continua – the Struggle continues. This then my cushy vengeance. That night time the earth shook with the Cape’s first herbal crisis, an earthquake/tremor.

Half a century later at the identical day ultimate yr his widow Aunty Galiema dies and is buried in the similar grave.

The martyr Abdullah Haron’s tortured frame had, amongst others, greater than two dozen bruises, cracked ribs, a haematoma (inner bleeding) close to the bottom of the backbone and his abdomen used to be empty.

His loved Galiema used to be interviewed through Haroon Gunn-Salie, named through his mom Shirley Gunn and I in loving reminiscence of the Imam.

This used to be for an artwork set up he did on his namesake.

She informed him that once she used to be taken to the state mortuary to spot her husband’s frame, it gave the impression to her that part his face used to be smiling, whilst the opposite part used to be crying.

For over 50 years Galiema Haron by no means bored with difficult justice for her husband and all our martyrs, even beneath an ANC govt for part that point.

Thus a ways it’s been in useless, although the Truth and Reconciliation Commission ordered that the inquest into Imam’s killing be reopened through our democratic govt.

Now, a yr later, virtually to the day the Harons had been reunited in spirit, we once more endure earthquakes and tremors.

The basis in his identify arranges an annual Imam Haron memorial lecture at the anniversary of his martyrdom. The theme this yr? Corruption.

* Salie is the previous editor of the Cape Times and is now Independent Media’s Group Editor-in-Chief

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