Premier calls on people to pray for rain at Isandlwana

2016-01-25 10:15
The re-enactment of the Battle of Isandlwana took place this past weekend.

The re-enactment of the Battle of Isandlwana took place this past weekend. (Zandile Shange)

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Pietermaritzburg - KwaZulu-Natal Premier Senzo Mchunu this weekend paid tribute to those who had helped to unite South Africa, speaking at the commemoration of the Battle of Isandlwana, which took place over the weekend in Nquthu.

The celebrations involved an inter-faith programme, the re-enactment of the battle by Zulu warriors and British soldiers and ended with the presentation of the Zulu Kingdom Orders in recognition of the Zulu warriors that ensured the historic victory of the Zulu Nation over the British.

King Goodwill Zwelithini announced that a social cohesion dialogue would be convened by the Bayede Foundation to promote the concept of non-racialism and the protection of human rights.

Mchunu said the provincial government has high regard for all religions practised in KZN. He expressed his concerns over the current drought saying it could lead to food insecurity, resulting in many families exposed to abject poverty and hunger, while lack of access to clean water may lead to the outbreak of diseases. “Because our fate depends on the falling of the rain, it is very important that we humble ourselves and look up to heavens and request divine intervention,” Mchunu said

He said the commemoration provided an opportunity to reflect on the history “that makes us known as the Rainbow Nation”.

“All of these wars were fought by those who yearned for independence and political self-determination. They fought for the protection of cultural identity and they took up arms to protect their languages.

“But more importantly, these wars were fought by our ancestors who wanted access to land on one hand; and those who were against the forceful seizure of land on the other hand.

“... During the commemoration we were celebrating the contribution of the people of KwaZulu-Natal from all races and religions towards the creation of a united nation. Today we must stand together and announce to the world that we will never allow just a few individuals to destroy the racial harmony that we have achieved after years of hard work.

“...This province has achieved racial harmony and prosperity through collective efforts by Whites, Indians, Coloureds and Africans.”

Mchunu paid tribute to the first Anglican Bishop of Natal, the Right Reverend John William Colenso, who he said was “horrified by imperial injustices and atrocities committed by the apartheid regime [sic] against Africans”.

“He learned the Zulu language and went on to produce a Zulu Dictionary, and a Zulu translation of the New Testament and other parts of the Bible and prayer book for the instruction of the Zulu nation. Today we pay tribute to the bishop for his firm stand against injustices and appreciate all whites who are taking a stand against racism,” said Mchunu. — Witness Reporter

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