Zuma to get a monument in Zeerust

By Drum Digital
16 December 2016

A monument of President Jacob Zuma will be built at a site in Gopane in Zeerust North West Province where President Zuma was arrested in 1963 by the apartheid government.

President Zuma is in Zeerust today to celebrate National Reconciliation Day.

Zuma will be giving an address in commemoration for the 60th anniversary of the women’s march to the Union Buildings in 1956.

The women that are being celebrated lead a revolted against passes in the villages of Dinokana, Lekgopung and Motswedi villages.

They refused to collect their passbooks from mobile units.

In a statement President Zuma said their actions showed the participation of women in the liberation struggle.

“We salute the women of Gopane village in Zeerust who organised a march against pass laws also in 1957. Their actions illustrate the active participation of women in the struggle for liberation, not only in urban areas but in rural areas as well,” he said.

“This serves as an inspiration as we continue building a new nation, founded on the values of human rights, justice and equality,” Zuma said.

Details of President Zuma’s speech at the event will follow.

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