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SOUTH AFRICA DEFERS AWARD TO BURNHAM

posted 30 Apr 2013, 18:59 by Gerry Kangalee
According to the Guyanese newspaper Kaieteur News the South African government has deferred granting a national award (the Oliver Tambo Award) to the late Guyana President, Forbes Burnham, "in the wake of pressure from several quarters" including the National Workers Union, well-known Jamaican academic, Horace Campbell and two online petition campaigns.

Burnham's daughter Roxanne Van West Charles, was supposed  to receive the award on Saturday April 27th as part of South Africa’s celebrations of Freedom Day. Unconfirmed reports also say that the deferring of the award was relayed by email from the South African government to the family of  revolutionary intellectual and activist,Walter Rodney, who was assassinated by the Burnham regime in 1980. See Kaieteur News report here.
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