Development centre honours killed chief

2014-03-19 00:00

INKOSI Mhlabunzima Maphumulo of Emaqongqo, who was killed at the height of political violence in the midlands in the early nineties, was finally honoured yesterday.

The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Social Development opened the Inkosi Mhlabunzima Maphumulo one-stop development centre, a multi-million rand and multi-purpose centre built in the area in his honour.

The centre, costing more than R15 million, will house a state-of-the-art Early Childhood Development Centre and a number of government departments such as Social Development, South African Security Agency (Sassa) and Home Affairs, among others.

A number of NGOs such as Famsa, Mental Health and Lifeline have already made the complex their home.

KZN Social Development MEC Weziwe Thusi said the centre will bring services closer to the community, who will no longer need to travel all the way to Pietermaritzburg.

She said the centre will also accommodate the elderly, where they can interact with the children in the centre and tell them stories.

Thobekile Maphumulo, the wife of Inkosi Maphumulo and the mayor of Umkhambathini, said she was very proud to see the structure as it represented what her husband stood for and what he died for.

“With such development in the area, he is proud of what he fought for and died for, and he forgets all the troubles and the hardship that he went through to finally get here.”

Maphumulo said the community should be proud of the centre, and take ownership of it and use it to develop themselves.

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