Bring fallen home

2010-08-23 00:00

THE remains of all MK soldiers who died in exile should be brought back to South Africa for reburial, President Jacob Zuma said at the weekend.

Zuma was speaking at the reburial ceremony of Mkhonto weSizwe (MK) soldier Jerry Khuzwayo in Ngilanyoni, near Mid-Illovo, on Saturday.

He said the government cannot afford to do this, but that his foundation will collect funds to assist the process.

He expects former MK soldiers who are now businessmen to contribute to the foundation.

Zuma told the gathering that plans are afoot to bring back the remains from Russia of former South African Communist Party general secretary Moses Kotane.

Khuzwayo’s reburial was attended by ANC leaders including KwaZulu-Natal Premier Zweli Mkhize and members of the provincial legislature. Also present were State Security Minister Siyabonga Cwele and ANC national executive member Billy Masetlha.

Khuzwayo, who died in Angola, was re-buried at the family homestead in Ngilanyoni.

AT the reburial, President Jacob Zuma criticised the violence of the public service strike, saying that even in the dark days of the liberation struggle this never happened.

The president said that during strikes and stay-away campaigns in the past, protesters never prevented doctors and nurses from entering hospitals. “They knew how critical it was to save lives and you should bear this in mind,” he said.

He added that violent and uncaring scenes from the strike are tarnishing the image of South Africa and tainting the legacy of the liberation struggle.

“It will taint our history and legacy when you have women giving birth on the street. We cannot deviate from the good values the struggle taught us,” he added.

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