In Loving Memory
6 Sept 1944 – 26 Dec 2020
Maitshwe Nchaupe Aubrey Mokoape was born of the 6th September 1944.
He was active when the PAC was formed 6 April 1959. Convicted during the anti-pass campaign of 21 March 1960 led by Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe. In this he became the youngest political prisoner in the history of the Anti-Apartheid movement.
He matriculated from Orlando High School and then enrolled at the then Univ of Natal Medical School, where he formed a close friendship and political collaboration with the likes of Bantu Steve Biko, “Gees” Goolam Abram Mayet, Chapman Palweni, Mamphela Ramphele, and Joel “China” Matsipa in the lead up to the formation of the SA Students’ Organisation (SASO) in 1969. He was instrumental in SASO commemorating the 21st March as “Heroes Day” in 1971.
On 19 Dec 1971 at the conclusion of the National Organisation Conference at the Donaldson Orlando Community Centre, he was elected to the Ad Hoc Committee to form a political organisation (Kalushi Drake Koka: Chair, Fanyana Mazibuko: Sect). He was involved in the inauguration of the Black People’s Convention (BPC) 11-12 July 1972, at the Edendale Lay Ecumenical Centre, Pietermaritzburg.
He was banned in 1973 during his final year of medical studies. Involved in the Viva Frelimo Rallies (Sept 1974), he was amongst the scores of Black Consciousness leaders and activists arrested throughout SA under Section 6 of the Terrorism Act.
Charged on 31 Jan 1975 in the SASO/BPC Trial, he was the 3rd accused (with Saths Cooper, Muntu kaMyeza, Mosioua Lekota, Nkwenkwe Nkomo, Pandelani Nefolovhodwe, Kaborone Sedibe, Zithulele Cindi, and Strini Moodley).
The SA Medical and Dental Council struck him off the roll of medical practitioners while he served his 6 year sentence on Robben Island. He was released on 20 Dec 1982. He was restored as a medical practitioner in 1983. Ismail Mahomed, S.C. (later Chief Justice) and Dikgang Moseneke (later Deputy Chief Justice) were instructed by Priscilla Jana in this matter.
Disillusioned by anti-apartheid politics, Dr Mokoape remained deeply committed to a Azania free of oppression and exploitation.
He was married to Pomla Gwen Mokoape for 50 years. He had 5 daughters, Kididimetsi, Ntupang, Mangaliso, Refiloe, Cornelia (Pinky) and a son, Karabo.
Tributes & Funeral
Words cannot express how much we honour Dr Mokoape. Thanks to his family for sharing him with the nation. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult period. May his soul rest in peace.Jojo Baloyi
I met Dr Mokoape and Sis Gwen when I was articled to the late Griffiths Mxenge. An Africanist through and through. As my senior brother, we always cherished just meeting and sharing how experienced democracy. Above all, we really shared brotherly and sisterly love. To Sis Gwen and Family, we can never fill the void however, the great doctor will be remembered fondly.Linda Zama
A great tower of the Azanian Revolution. From the days of the PAC Status Campaign and participating in the 1960 anti-Pass Campaign and founder member of SASO and BPC. He was indeed a great fighter of our time.Mancoba Qubeka
Dr Aubrey loved his Neighbours and he found time to chat and visit most of us in Westville, Durban. I will certainly miss his teachings and his deep knowledge of South African PoliticsHamilton Nxumalo
Oh! Bra Aubrey what can I say. Your departure I think is just worsening our situation. Remember not so long ago. We lost these souls Bra Don, Robert Mthethwa, Mzimela, Dei and many I may not recall at the top of my head right now. I thought as friends we may have lost enough from the group that the Lord may not come back so soon. And take you. You and I connected in a unique and special way. I wonder who would now have an ear for my abstract manner of approach in things. I have lost a friend a pillar of strength. Someone that would laugh loudly and also add to the peculiarity of the subject discussed and laugh even more. I am at loss for words. But what remains for me to say is O tsamaye ha ntle Dr. Mokoape.Thabo Lekoba
I will always remember Aubrey for his " happy " face ,characterised by a lingering "mischievous " smile and his resounding laughter ! A giant in the struggle for the liberation of black people in this country . A diehard Black Consciousness legend, a doctor who gave of himself selflessly in serving the community in Umlazi Township in Durban . A trully loving husband to wife Gwen & devoted father to his children. l thank God to have given me an opportunity to cross paths with him during our SASO / BPC days. My deepest condolensces to Gwen & children , the entire Mokoape & Maliza families. Robala ka khotso Sekwankwetla sa Continent ea Africa.Daphne Koza
Last night I received the shocking news that Maitshwe Nchaupe Aubrey Mokoape was no more. We were in Little Falls after an Extended Family Lunch Meeting (ALL COVID PROTOCOLS OBSERVED). I was opening my car to drive back home in order to stay within the Curfew Requirements when I took out Cellphone to catch up with world but the message shocked me so much that I rushed back into the house to announce to the Family Home to announce the sad news. My eldest son is Nchaupe and I had to be careful not to imply that he was no more therefore I said “Oh! My God Mokoape o ole”. Every one kept quiet and listened. My wife Joy immediately knew what it meant and we went back to the car and drove back to our house in Woodmead. I called Matila Keith Mokoape and when he responded and saw who was calling all he could say was “Nchaupe o ile.” My Big Brother is gone, A Giant African Tree has fallen – Where will I seek shelter going forward?Dr Nat Khaole
To Sis Gwen and the Children: “Kgabo e kgolo e robetse, sidilegang le gomotsegeng. Letlang Maitshwe go robala ka Kagiso. O ile go re lokisetsa manno ko go Rara. O kaletse Maru a tshabegang go ya buwa le Ramasedi.”
Rest in peace my brother, my cousin.JulianaJ Makapan
You have run your race and finished it.
May the entire family draw strength from our Lord and Saviour.
Kgabo, Mokgatla!!! A e namele setlhare e je boreku
How sad knowing that our politics teacher and mentor is no more ! A dapper and eloquent fighter for our human rights. Yet he always saw the humorous side of life.Dr Ernest Kenoshi
Heartfelt condolences to Sis Gwen, brother Keith and the entire family.
May Bra Aubrey’s soul rest in eternal peace.
May Aubrey’s soul RIP. That his glorious dream, for blacks in particular and the nation generally, is betrayed does not lessen his unique contributions to it.Thabo Seseane
May the Lord Grant Him eternal peace, What a humble Man, a good neighbour and a Comrade. Rgds Khanyile Family eNiniva.Thami Khanyile
May his soul rest in powerGugu Mokoape
A True Brother. A People's hero, very humble but yet powerful. Rest in peace my brother 🙏🏾Sipho Ntombela
Rest in peace Comrade. You will be sadly missed.Anil Maharaj
May the soul of this Stalwart of the Azanian struggle rest in eternal peace! Izwe Lethu! i-Afrika !!!Zola Tshatshelo
African Liberation Struggle History is incomplete without his generation of Beautifully Black Consciousness.Neo Lekgotla laga Ramoupi
Condolences to the family of Dr Aubrey Mokoape. Aubrey left significant foot prints in the history of struggle movements in our country. A fearless freedom fighter and a brilliant scholar. The country will miss you dearly. May your soul rest in eternal peace.Dr Tsolo and Gemmina Tsolo.Molupe Tsolo
A revolutionary giant has fallen, a prominent stalwart of the BCM is no more. He was such a simple and down to earth Comrade. Whenever he was in Gauteng doing AZAPO errands, he never wanted to be treated like a VIP, he refused to sleep at hotels and he preferred to sleep at my place in Atteridgeville. He knew that in Att/ville, he would be in the company of Lehlohonolo Moagi, Late Thabo Sehume and other Cdes who will keep him awake for the night, discussing politics. At about 3h00 when we wanted to sleep, Cde Aubrey will suggest that we visit one of his friends at Sunnyside and we would have fun till morning. We enjoyed his company, spiced with his great laughter. It is such a great loss to the community of Black Consciousness.Cyril Morolo
Rest In Power My Tower, Cde Mokoape, we have an obligation to pick up your Spear and soldier on with the National Liberation Struggle.✊💪
That I would be writing a tribute for Oupa Nchaupe Mokoape is unbelievable. Was China so lonely to fetch you so soon? Rest in peace my dearest. So many memories 😭😢Konji Sebati
May the soul of this Stalwart of the Azanian struggle rest in eternal peace! Izwe Lethu! i-Afrika !!!Zola Tshatshelo
Long live AzaniaItumeleng Zungu
Romans 8: 31-39. Our condolences to the Mokoape family and may the soul of the Azanian Tower RIP. Letebele MosalaLetebele Mosala
Fond memories from the early 70s. Rest in peace and power.Dennis Pather
Heard of him through my late husband Jeff Dumo Baqwa who revered him. The note of his being struck and stayed in mind. I salute our fallen son of the soil. Condolences to his family.Zanele Sidzumo Baqwa
We extend our heartfelt condolences to the family, friends, Community he served and all his Comrades.David Makhema
Our Country is in crisis including Leadership while competent talents of Aubrey Mokoape, his peers in BC, PAC and others before him are made deliberately redundant because of greed, corruption and betrayal of freedom.
May His Soul Rest in Eternal Peace.
A true legend,lover of life, rest well Doc.Meisie Nkosi
A solid tree has fallen. Rest in eternal peace my leader and big brother.Mdu Lembede
Rest Son of the Soil you have ran you RaceTebogo Raymond Monyela
Great man. Dr. Aubrey Mokoape will be forever in the history books for his accomplishments bettering humanity.Sean White
One country one azaria may his soul rest In powerful peace.Petros Hella Nxumalo
Heavily touched about our leader, comrade Doctor and father Ntate Aubrey Mokoape. My mom is 80yrs of age now, but she does not forget about the intelligent ntate Aubrey… was promoted from 2 classes to the 3rd class during the year, come year end result Aubrey held postion one in the class. An amazing person.Maureen Maluleka
At some stage he came to wallmansthal meeting and when i remember the words used to be told by my mom… I said Dr Mokoape lets go to soshanguve to meet your primary classmate he said lets drive now. Then when we reached the place …my mom saw visitors and i said momy i got you a surprises.
My question? Who was so intelligent during your schooling at wallmansthal? She said
“Aubrey Mokoape and joel sefura then i said this is Aubrey.she screamed with a lot of joy.
So the Mokoape’s family you are not alone in this sad moment.
The mphikela’s family ba re: gomotsegang ,a moya oa Dr Aubrey Mokoape o robale ka kagiso.
From Maureen Maluleka.
Date: 1st Jan 2021
Venue: Click here to watch Live Stream
Officiating: Bishop Rubin Phillip
MC and Bishop Rubin Philip
Words from his brother Keith Mokoape
Pan Africanist Congress of Azania: Prof Sipho Tshabalala
Medical School: Dr Diliza Mji
A farewell from his brother in law Dr Andile Maliza
Robben Island: Nkwenkwe Nkomo
Heartfelt Message to Aubrey From his wife Gwen
BCM United: Lybon Mabasa
SASO/BPC: Saths Cooper
A Send from his son Karabo Che Mokoape
Gifts & Donations:
Account Holder: KC Mokoape
Account Number: 62833174717 ***
Branch Code: 250655
57 Haygarth Rd, Kloof, KZN, South Africa, 3610
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