The African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) calls on the Premier Soccer League (PSL) to use this coming weekend’s domestic League’s fixtures to honour and celebrate our departed Jazz legend, activist and freedom fighter Bra Hugh Masekela.
Bra Hugh died this week on Tuesday following a long battle with prostate cancer.
“As the Youth League we strongly believe that Bra Hugh was not only a Jazz legend and a well known social activist, but he was a national asset, and through his music he contributed immensely in the reconstruction of a new society”, said ANC Youth President Collin Maine.
Two top teams in the country, Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns will be locking horns this weekend, and this match is regarded as one of the biggest, after the Soweto derby, and it will be beamed live to a large audience here at home and beyond our boarders.
“Bra Hugh and his generation were part of the sport/cultural boycott that rallied the international community to isolate the than old Apartheid South Africa, and helped the liberation movement, as headed by his organization the ANC to build relations with other like-minded organizations and progressive countries to support our struggle to overthrow a system that was regarded as a “crime against humanity”, continued Maine.
The ANCYL calls on the PSL to sanction all the teams playing this weekend to wear black armbands and observe a moment of silence before kick-off, as a sign of respect to this phenomenal and great South Africa, who dedicated his entire life at the service of the people.
“Bra Hugh’s fighting music made it possible for South African players today to compete at an international level, and ply their trade at the highest level in Europe or elsewhere”, charged Maine.
Music and football in South Africa are not only inseparable, but the two are collective properties of our people, and have contributed immensely in shaping and producing future stars and role models for our country.
“These matches provide an opportunity for all South Africans, irrespective of their cultural and class standing, to bid farewell to this upright man and great South Africa. He deserves a golden send-off and our people, especially the youth must aspire to be like Bra Hugh, and be active participants in building a South Africa that is free from poverty; hunger; and joblessness”, continued Maine.
The Hugh Masekela family announced that our decorated legend will be buried in a private ceremony.
“This another platform for all South Africans to say their final goodbye’s to Bra Hugh”, concluded Maine.
The Youth League is deeply touched by continued messages of condolences and comfort that continues to be extended to the Masekela family by South Africans in general and world at large after the untimely passing of Bra Hugh.