DARC Ethiophile Chronicles
On this day
ANC co-founder Pixley ka Isaka Seme transitioned in Johannesburg on 7 June 1951. He was a political activist, journalist, lawyer and a co-founder of the African National Congress (ANC).
The bishop of Johannesburg, Ambrose Reeves, conducted his funeral service on 17 June. Tributes were made by, among others, Chief Albert Luthuli, A. B. Xuma, Z. K. Matthews and D. D. T. Jabavu, a representative of the Swazi monarch and the secretary of native affairs.
When a tombstone was unveiled at his grave in 1984 Mangosuthu Buthelezi spoke. As a young man Buthelezi had written letters dictated by Seme when he was unable to write after losing an eye in an operation, Buthelezi's mother was Seme's first wife's half-sister. Seme's wife Harriet was a daughter of King Dinizulu of Zululand. Four sons and a daughter survived him.