Once in a while history is blessed with great men, one such man was Dr Godfrey Mokgonane Pitje.
Born in the former Transvaal, (now Limpopo) province in 1917 July 20th. Not much is reported on his upbringing, save for the fact that he was born in Phokwane, Nebo. Therefore, we will focus on his adult life. He went on to obtain a teaching Diploma. This propelled him into a teaching career.
Whilst pursuing his teaching career, he went on to obtain his matric and enrolled himself for a degree in Fort Hare. He graduated in 1944, with a B.A degree. He later obtained degrees in education and law.
It is through his law degree that he would make his greatest mark in history. He served his articles at Mandela and Tambo’s firm. This is where he grew to recognize the many injustices and inequalities faced by black lawyers.
In his later years, he later went on to be the 2nd director of the Black Lawyers Association – Legal Education Centre and founding member of Sechaba Medical Solutions group, a black health care group. His legacy is one of excellence, a bar which he set high. He dedicated his life to the improvement of black professionals. A shining beacon of hope amongst his peers, we can all take a page out of his book and continue on a path of excellence and start something meaningful. He passed on, April 23rd 1997. He is survived by his wife Molly Pitje, and 2 children.
The links below provide more detailed accounts on his life, more especially the Black Lawyers Association tribute, to Dr. Pitje. We are grateful for the insights the article provided, and we urge that you read on further.