Hospital to be renamed for Zulu King

2012-02-22 00:00

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This, he said, would be in honour of the “contribution and sacrifice … of the king of our people”.

Mkhize announced that the provincial government was investigating legal ways to lift the ban the British had imposed on King Dinizulu in the late 1800s.

The premier’s spokesperson, Ndabezinhle Sibiya, told The Witness: “The king was officially banned from the province by the then government and that ban was never officially lifted …”

In 1890, King Dinuzulu was exiled to the Atlantic Ocean island of St Helena for seven years for leading a Zulu army against the British from 1883 to 1884.

He was the last Zulu king to command Zulu regiments to fight against colonialists. He was later banished to Middelburg.

King Dinizulu is regarded as being part of the leadership of the liberation struggle and an honourary president of the African National Congress. He died the year after the founding of the movement.

Mkhize also announced that memorial stones would be laid at the graves of two struggle heroes — “King Solomon ka Dinuzulu and Bhekuzulu ka Solomon and the victims of past political conflict in our province”.

Prince Mbonisi Zulu said the announcement brought great joy to the royal family.

“I believe that even the king [Zwelithini] is very happy about the news because the premier’s announcement showed great respect for the royal family.”

Mkhize said this year would see the provincial government erecting statues of the following struggle stalwarts:

• ANC presidents Pixley ka-Isaka Seme and Josiah Gumede.

• ANC Women’s League leaders Dorothy Nyembe, Margaret Mncadi and Florence Mkhize.

• Former Roman Catholic Archbishop of Durban Denis Hurley.

• Harry Gwala, leader of the ANC in the Midlands.

• Slain ANC lawyers Victoria and Griffiths Mxenge.

• Moses Mabhida, leader of the South African Communist Party.

• Monty Naicker leader of Natal Indian Congress.

The statue of Langalibalele Dube and the tombstone of MK combatant Portia Ndwandwe were ready for unveiling.

• thamsanqam@witness.co.za

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