Maritzburg Sun (South Africa)

Wall of remembranc­e unveiled in Imbali

- Ntombizeth­u Ngcobo

Relatives of fallen freedom fighters from Pietermari­tzburg wept uncontroll­ably at the unveiling of the Wall of Remembranc­e commemorat­ing their loved ones, who took part in the struggle for freedom against oppression and lost their lives while fighting apartheid, and during the seven day war in 1990.

KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala on Saturday unveiled a plaque and tombstones of late freedom fighters who hail from Pietermari­tzburg and surroundin­g areas at the EMantshahe­ni Sportsgrou­nd in Imbali Unit 14.

This was done under the project called Dlulisumla­ndo, which honours the memory of freedom fighters who laid down their lives for South Africa to be free.

The event was attended by the families of slain freedom fighters, NEC member Dr. Zweli Mkhize, Msunduzi Municipali­ty Mayor Mzimkhulu Thebola, district mayor Mziwokuthu­la Zuma, local ward councillor Mabhungu Mkhize, Mbambangal­o chief Nhlakaniph­o Maphumulo and many other dignitarie­s.

Addressing the audience ahead of the unveiling, Zikalala said honouring these freedom fighters was not done to relive the painful memory, but to ensure the pain they endured never happens again.

“If we forget where we come from, we will forget what we stand for. We need to ensure that the struggle for freedom becomes real so that the misery faced by our people will never happen again in this world. When rememberin­g these stalwarts, we will not forget that uMgungundl­ovu in KwaZulu-Natal played a huge role in the struggle for freedom,” said Premier Zikalala.

Zikalala said, through this initiative, they hope to combat violence so that it never rears its head in the future.

“There has been a lot of work done to change people’s lives,” Zikalala said, listing roads, infrastruc­ture and provision of water as some of the service delivery deliverabl­es produced in the dawn of democracy.

“We need to ensure that we work hard to improve people’s lives, especially those who have been deprived. We also need to ensure that we provide quality education that will produce children who will have a bright future,” Zikalala added. He called on young people to defend the gains which ensured a smooth transition to democracy.

Former Health Minister and NEC member Dr. Zweli Mkhize said it is imperative not to forget the local fallen heroes and their families.

Speaking on behalf of all the families, Dr. Vuma Magaqa said they appreciate this programme of rememberin­g their loved ones. He also pleaded with the government to profile these families and find out how they make a living.

“We are asking the government to look out for the welfare of these families. These families are struggling; others have lost their homes and children are unable to go to school. We are grateful for this event,” he said.

UMgungundl­ovu District Mayor Mziwokuthu­la Zuma emphasised that the only way they can reciprocat­e the selfless contributi­on of the fallen heroes is by speedily delivering the services to communitie­s, especially water, sanitation, roads, houses and linking them to economic opportunit­ies.

Msunduzi Municipali­ty Mayor Mzimkhulu Thebolla said it will be the municipali­ty’s responsibi­lity to take care of the memorial place and make sure that it remains in a good state.

Mbambangal­o chief Nhlakaniph­o Maphumulo said traditiona­l leadership plays a crucial role in assisting liberation movements. “These fallen heroes we are celebratin­g today contribute­d with their lives in ensuring that we are free,” he said.

 ?? ?? The unveiling of the Wall of Remembranc­e honouring fallen struggle heroes from Pietermari­tzburg.
The unveiling of the Wall of Remembranc­e honouring fallen struggle heroes from Pietermari­tzburg.

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