South African Students Congress

The Spear has fallen

SASCO statement on the passing away of comrade Babalwa Ntabeni

15 March 2013

The South African Students’ Congress has learnt with extreme shock and sadness of the passing on of our former and longest serving Treasurer General; Comrade Babalwa Ntabeni. Cde Babalwa lost her breath on Wednesday, after a short illness at her home in Pretoria. The Revolution has once more lost a loyal and committed soldier who knew that she must both in theory and practice do everything for the revolution and nothing against it.

At the time of her untimely departure she was working for the Department of Higher Education and Training and she did not, as she climbed the corporate ladder forgot her roots as a former student activist. She did not suddenly disassociate with the struggle for transformation of Higher Education and Training. She did not, like many usually do, suddenly forgot her role in the transformation discourse over comfort of a salary and inevitable class mobility. Above many other things; comrade Babalwa was a true defiance of the logic of patriarchy that all women survival is dependable; she has stood firm on her legs and even represented the students of the country in the International arena even during her days in the student movement.

The comrade leave an unavoidable void in the body politics of the country and struggle for a transformed higher education in South Africa. Not only a void in the heart and minds of our people in the country but in the lives of all struggling people in the world. Our pledge therefore is to ensure that the struggles she sacrificed her time and energy for lives on and achieve intended outcomes. Ours is to pick up the spear and continue the fight. Inspired by her legacy we must and shall say A luta Continua, Hastala victoria siempre!!!

The details of the Memorial Service are as follows:

Date: 18 March 2013
Venue: UNISA Sunnyside Campus (Enock Sontonga Hall)
Time: 12H00

The organisation has then therefore declared that the comrade deserve a proper send-off Comrade consistent with the traditions of the organisation. Details of the Funeral will be communicated soon as discussions with the family are finalised.

Lala Ngoxolo Qavane!!!

Issued By SASCO

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