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AFRICANGLOBE - In 1987 the French government engineered a coup d’état that overthrew Burkino Faso’s socialist government led by Captain Thomas Sankara: one of the most progressive governments that Africa has ever seen. A week prior to his death on October 15, Sankara had made a speech in which he said: “While revolutionaries as individuals can be murdered, you cannot kill ideas.”
AFRICANGLOBE - Julius Malema’s Economic Freedom Fighters have invoked the legacy of former Burkina Faso president Thomas Sankara as a model of governance they wish to emulate. And indeed, Sankara remains one of the least-remembered, but most creative and principled, of post-independence African leaders.