PNC/R defends Guyana’s role in the liberation of the South African Freedom Fighters during Apartheid regime – 3rd May 2013
The main opposition party brought out its top brass as it strongly defended Guyana’s role in the liberation of the South African Freedom Fighters during the apartheid regime, which saw a divided South Africa at that time.
The party went on the offensive after the South African Government decided to defer indefinitely, the posthumous awarding of the Order of the Companions of O. R. Tambo to its founder/leader LFS Burnham.
The South African Government had initially signaled its intention to confer the award posthumously, but due to a petition and an article written by Jamaican Professor Horace Campbell, which raised some concerns against the former President, Pretoria has decided to withhold the award.
One of the allegations of Campbell is that LFS Burnham had some role to play in the assassination of the Former Leader of the Working People’s Alliance Party, Historian Walter Rodney.
But this is not sitting too well with party leader David Granger.
Former PNCR leader Robert Corbin who was the leader of the PNC youth arm during the apartheid years, said any allegations against such an award to Burnham is an insult to the legacy of the former President of Guyana, who played a critical role in the liberation of South Africa and the subsequent freedom of Nelson Mandela.
The party intends to let its position be known to the South African Government via a letter of protest. Granger said the conferral of the OR Tambo award on LFS Burnham was touted about eight years ago, and the party had thought that Pretoria had done its due diligence prior to their initial announcement.