The President Speaks


In his address during an elective conference of the North East District of PEU held in Acornhoek, the president challenged the delegates by posing two questions:
What legacies are you to leave behind as a PEU member?
What do you want history to record as a principal contribution of your being a PEU leader?

The president indicated that mention needs to be made of Sefako Mapogo Makgatho, one of the founders of our union. He was also a founder of the National Political Union (ANPU), founded in 1906 and was its first president. When ANPU later merged into the wider political movement that led to the establishment of the South African Native National Congress (the ANC from 1923), Makgatho served as its President-General in 1917-1924. NB.: Gauteng to open a new health and allied sciences university, Sefako Makgatho University, in 2015; Presidential Guest House renamed after Sefako Makgatho; Zambesi Drive changed to Sefako Makgatho Drive; PEU will be launching a teacher development institute named Sefako Makgatho Institute of PEU.

David Bopape, a teacher initially drawn into politics by his involvement in the TATA salary campaign of 1940-1941. He was a founder member of the ANCYL, and was by 1943, a forceful and effective spokesman for the Brakpan African Community.

Zeph Mothopeng, a former TATA president and later the leader of the Pan Africanist Congress (PAC).
Godfrey Pitje, an editor of THE GOOD SHEPEHERD during the 1950s, influenced TATA in the direction of the ANCYL’s African nationalisation.

CAR Motsepe and S Mogoba, who identified themselves with the struggle of their people for human dignity in the land of their birth in the early 1960s. Mogoba, a teacher at the time, was arrested and served time on Robben Island, while Motsepe left the country after being warned that the security police were on his trail.

Several (former) TUATA/PEU members also became well-known in other fields, amongst them Dr Es’kia Mdphahlele, a former secretary of TATA and later distinguished author, Mr E Mabuza, Chief Minister of the former homeland of KwaNgwane, wo was a staunch TUATA veteran’, and inspector of schools in White River, Mr SC Marivate, who later became Secretary of a Territorial Authority, Dr LM Taunyane, who was vice-president of the SAFA and president of NSL, and JK Dikobo, who is presently the president of AZAPO.

This is a challenge to all PEU members and leaders.

Kind Regards