Mchunu urges all to visit capture site for inspiration

2014-08-05 00:00

PREMIER Senzo Mchunu has called on more than 20 000 civil servants in the province to uphold Nelson Mandela’s values.

This includes observing human rights as well as professional and ethical service to the country.

Above all, they should use government to improve the lives of citizens, he said.

Mchunu was speaking ahead of today’s 52nd anniversary of Mandela’s arrest near Howick. It is the first commemoration of the incident since the former president’s death in December.

Mandela was arrested on August 5, 1962. He was disguised as a chauffeur and going under the name of David Motsamayi. The Natal Witness of the time carried a full report.

It said that he was imprisoned overnight in Pietermaritzburg and appeared briefly before Magistrate J.S. Buys, who remanded him for trial in Johannesburg.

A report in The Natal Witness of August 9, 1962, said: “Mandela was escorted into the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court chambers by two security branch men from Johannesburg. He was wearing a raincoat and dark glasses.

“Mandela was arrested on a warrant issued in Johannesburg on April 26, 1961 [more than a year earlier]. He admitted to the magistrate, Mr J.S. Buys, that he was the person described in the warrant.

“The warrant was for a contravention of Section 2 of Act 8 of 1953 – the Criminal Law Amendment Act. This section of the act relates to encouraging or inciting people, to commit an offence by way of protest against any law or in support of any campaign for the repeal or modification of any law.”

Mchunu encouraged KZN residents to visit the capture site as a source of inspiration.


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