Lecture in honour of student uprising to be held

2016-06-15 06:00

IN honour of the 40th anniversary of the 1976 student and youth uprising, the David Cecil Oxford (DCO) Matiwane Foundation, in partnership with Msunduzi Museum will on 10 June host the second annual DCO Matiwane­ Memorial Lecture.

The lecture will be delivered by Deputy Minister of Transport, Lydia Chikunga. Dr Bongani Ndhlovu from Iziko Museums in Cape Town will deliver a reflective speech.

At a media briefing at the Pietermaritzburg Tourism Hub on Tuesday, Trinity Tshisevhe, Msunduzi Museum research officer, said Matiwane’s legacy symbolises the spirit of courage.

“His legacy symbolises heroism and the lecture is a mark of appreciation for his distinguished legacy in areas­ such as education, human rights, social justice and democracy.”

Tshisevhe described Matiwane as a political activist who shaped the landscape of politics in areas like Willowfontein and Edendale.

“He played a huge role in inspiring the youth of the seventies and eighties. This is why a decision was made to have the lecture in June as opposed to August.”

Matiwane is famous for his one-man protest on 16 June, 1980 at the old Supreme Court gardens to mark the fourth anniversary of the Soweto uprising.

Speaking on behalf of Msunduzi Municipality, Dr Ray Ngcobo said the municipality was fully behind the Matiwane­ Foundation.

“We have listed Matiwane’s information to be packed into a tourism product, especially because we have tourists from all over the world who are interested in learning about our liberation heroes. We will also hand over a site to the Matiwane family after his house in Willowfontein becomes a museum in his honour,” said Ngcobo.

This year’s lecture will include a careers exhibition by the Department of Transport. For more information, email Shereen Naidu on snaidu@ msunduzimuseum.org.za or Trinity Tshisevhe on ttshisevhe@msunduzi museum.org.za

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