Comrade Mamane Emmah Sitwe, a member of Black First Land First (BLF), was born on 01 December 1990. She had just turned 26 years old when she passed away on 13 December 2016. She was the daughter of Sonto and Phillimon Sitwe.
Cde Mamane was a resident of 77 Bufferlake – a revolutionary land occupation site which is co-led, supported and guarded by BLF. She arrived at 77 Bufferlake with the first contingent of land repossession warriors. Together with her comrades she bravely defended the rights of the people to their birthright, very often with stones.
Today BLF bid farewell to her in revolutionary style. She was put to rest with full honors – with a BLF Revolutionary Guard of Honor.
At her funeral she was correctly referred to as the klipgooier warrior woman of 77 Bufferlake. Her fellow warriors reminisced about the courageous life she had led in the trenches of land repossession. They spoke of her fighting legacy in warding off the enemy and protecting the land. They noted, amongst other things, how she cooked and shared with others as well as how she sourced reusable material to convey water to their homes. She was undeterred by the enemy’s (Democratic Alliance’s) onslaught via the Red Ants and the South African Police Services (SAPS) that resulted in the homesteads at 77 Bufferlake being demolished several times. Each time the enemy destroyed the houses she would be part of the leadership that urged the people and joined them in rebuilding their homes. Her eyes were fixed on achieving the collective objective of 77 Bufferlake, land by any means necessary. Her casket accordingly bore the fitting message of her legacy – “Land or Death”.
Every revolutionary must learn from Comrade Mamane. She did not shirk the heavy, burdensome task of land repossession. The only way we can honor this gallant daughter of the soil is to fight for and achieve land return to the black majority.
Rest in Power Comrade Mamane Emmah Sitwe!
Issued by the National Coordinating Committee, Black First Land First
21 December 2016
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