Story by: Tumelo Sekwele
Family, friends and associates of the late African National Congress (ANC) member and activist Paul Mgidi gathered at Falala community hall in Soshanguve on Tuesday, 24 September 2019 to celebrate his life under the theme unity in diversity.
The memorial lecture was also about addressing issues that are affecting South Africa as a whole while celebrating the late Mgidi.
Magret Mgidi, sister of Mgidi thanked all those who took the time to attend the event.
“I thank all those who are keeping his [Mgidi] memory alive by renaming the street and the community hall after Paul because it means a lot to the family,” she said.
Jascar Aphane the ward Councilor of ward 33 assured the attendees that the community hall [Falala community hall] will be renamed after Mgidi and the nearby branches should follow the steps of ward 33.
Paul Malema member of the ANC Gauteng provincial legislature spoke about how he met Mgidi and how far they have come.
“Mgidi and I started to work for the ANC Youth League with other members. Paul was a person who loved the organization. He was open and took criticism as part of growing as a leader,” said Malema.
Fasiha Hassan, former student leader at Witwatersrand University [Wits] did not say much about Mgidi but rather touched on the issue of femicide in South Africa, how 1/3 women are abused or raped in their lifetime and how we can solve the problem by looking at the root cross of the problem.
“We can change the way children behave instead of celebrating the ill behaviour that is in our society. We should teach children to express themselves and develop a society where women feel safe in their society and how change should begin at home by teaching them to respect one another,” said Hassan.
Mgidi was an activist that fought against corporal punishment in schools in Soshanguve, he died in May 1997.