OCTOBER 7, will forever be embedded in the hearts of hundreds of people who joined the Fordsburg Reunion.
This after hundreds filled the Johanneburg Secondary School hall to capacity.
The atmosphere was electric, some of the people who last saw each other just before the forceful removals in Fordsburg during the apartheid regime were reunited.
The ex-Fordsburg citizens and the current ones narrated their history to the jubilant audience.
Most of those present, reminisced about the removals that saw them leaving behind their homes and starting afresh.
The event was also used to honor one of the living icon’s Dr Essop Jassat. Dr Jassat has played an immense role during and post the apartheid regime.
He is the epitome of selfless cadres who fought his whole life to ensure that oppressed people were released from the shackles of the ruler. In his speech, the emotional Dr Jassat, went down memory lane, highlighting some of the challenges he faced as a lad. He elaborated more about his school, political days and the days of his practice as a doctor. He also took the opportunity to apologise to those whom he might have hurt in the past.
Dr Essop Jassat received a special recognition award from the Local Organising Committee.
Speaking to the Rising Sun, Dr Jassat said,“Apartheid made our lives difficult, it smashed our social life. This reunion has brought together those who suffered in the past. We will never forget our past. We were pushed away from different areas and that caused a tremendous pain and divided us. I would like to thank the organising committee for coming up with this initiative, I wish them all the best”.
People came from different areas which included, Potchefstroom, Durban, Lenasia, Azzadville, Brixton, Northcliff and other parts of the country.
Members also had enough time to meet and talk over lunch, where good food was served.
Judging by the reaction of the audience one can conclude that the event was a great success.
Other speakers were Dr Mohamed Kola, Yusuf ‘Chubb’ Garda, Shabeer Patel, CV Luckman, Moulana Ebrahim Bham, MEC Ismail Vadi, Hajira Asvat, Fatima Hajaaj and many more.
The public pleaded with the organising committee to continue doing great job, most of them said they are looking forward to meet again next year.