Farewell Comrade Sibusiso Mqadi
Southern African Campaign To Dismantle Corporate Power (DCP) Statement
As the Southern African Campaign to Dismantle Corporate Power, it is with great sorrow that we mourn the sudden passing of Sibusiso Mqadi, Chairperson of the Amadiba Crisis Committee, on Saturday the 7th of November 2020. He passed on at the Albert Luthuli hospital in Durban, South Africa after having been hospitalised for severe abdominal pain. His untimely death is a harsh blow to the continued struggle of communities against extractivism and for the demand for the Right to Say No!
The Southern Africa Campaign to Dismantle Corporate Power was first introduced to the Amadiba Crisis Committee’s struggle of resistance at the First Permanent Peoples Tribunal on the Role of Transnational Corporations in Southern African, in 2016. We met the Amadiba comrades and comrade Sbu who presented their case against MRC through a powerful skit that depicted how local traditional authorities are co-opted by corporations.
We share the overwhelming sadness and heartbreak that comes with the loss of a comrade, especially at a time when we are all still coming to terms with the murder of Mam’ Fikile Ntshangase for her opposition to harmful coal mining in her community.
The unexpected loss of Comrade Sbu is a reminder of how quickly those we know and love can be taken away. At the same time, it is a reminder of the immense strength and support there is in solidarity. The threat of violence and death remains commonplace for affected communities and activists from all across the Southern Africa region. In the resilient and fighting spirit of Comrade Sbu, we will continue to resist the unjust power of the state and mega-corporations and push forward with building people’s power and protecting the commons.
We would like to express our deepest condolences and sympathies to the ACC, Sbu’s family, and friends as well as to all those whose lives have been touched and impacted by him, whether in struggle or not. Although Sbu is no longer here with us in the physical world, we will always remember him for his strong values of fairness, justice, and dignity for all and they will remain as important drivers of change for those who are purposefully marginalised. May his legacy continue to propel our struggles forward and may we realise the world Comrade Sbu imagined, one where all may live in dignity, liberated from systemic oppressions and corporate rule.
Rest in power Comrade Sbu!