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Wednesday, 14 July 2010 01:53


SACTWU mourns the passing away of Robbie Jansen

The Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers’ Union (SACTWU) mourns the passing away of music legend, Robbie Jansen.

We will always remember how, together with the legendary Basil ‘Manenberg’ Coetzee, his music inspired two generations of our trade union activists – since the 1970s and the dark apartheid days to the promise of a better life for all at the advent of our beloved country’s first democratic elections in 1994.

We will remember fondly Robbie’s rendition of ‘Archie Bongo’, played at many freedom rallies since the late 1970s, and its haunting lines

‘Freedom where have you been hiding yourself,

I’ve been looking for you all over’

We salute his collaboration with Basil Coetzee and Abdullah Ibrahim on the groundbreaking ‘Mannenberg is where it’s happening’ and call on the people of Cape Town to use this as an opportunity to help strengthen the Proudly Manenberg Campaign.

Robbie’s cover versions of ‘What’s Going On’ and ‘Georgia’ will, for us, remain classic unforgettables. We will miss the ‘Cape Doctor’ and call on the Western Cape Provincial Government to name a street after him and on the national government to bestow national honours on him.

Issued by Andre Kriel, General Secretary, SACTWU, 021 4474570

SACTWU is an affiliate of COSATU and the largest trade union in the Western Cape.