WATCH: Zuma hails Magubane

2017-07-24 13:45
ANC stalwart and former Msunduzi chief whip Truman Magubane (left) and President Jacob Zuma share a laugh at the launch of the Truman Magubane Family Foundation at Msunduzi City Hall on Saturday evening.

ANC stalwart and former Msunduzi chief whip Truman Magubane (left) and President Jacob Zuma share a laugh at the launch of the Truman Magubane Family Foundation at Msunduzi City Hall on Saturday evening. (Chelsea Pieterse )

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President Jacob Zuma launched the Truman Magubane Family Foundation at the Pietermaritzburg City Hall on Saturday evening.

The foundation, founded by the local ANC stalwart and former chief whip at Msunduzi Municipality, looks to support underprivileged children in education, leadership training, cultural activities and sports in Pietermaritzburg and surrounding areas.

Magubane (75) spent 15 years imprisoned on Robben Island and shared a cell with former South African president Kgalema Motlanthe for 10 of those years.

Dressed to the nines, friends, family and colleagues of Magubane as well as government officials and Mkhonto we Sizwe veterans attended the launch on Saturday evening, filling the city hall almost to capacity.

Seated at a table at the centre front of the hall, Magubane was joined by his wife Mavis, Zuma, KZN Health MEC Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo, ANC treasurer-general Zweli Mkhize, ANC national executive member and former African Union chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, KZN Education MEC Mthandeni Dlungwane, uMgungundlovu mayor Thobekile Maphumulo, and former political prisoner Sifiso Buthelezi.

Maphumulo spoke first at the launch, and said the foundation would be important as “education is key” and “nothing leads like knowledge”.

Zuma, the keynote speaker, officially launched the foundation following a speech where he relayed fond memories shared by him and Magubane from during the struggle.

He said Magubane was a “gallant freedom fighter” and one of the country’s “finest revolutionaries” and with the help of Magubane’s organisation, would promote education among the youth.

Zuma added that the country needed more leaders like Magubane, who were “totally committed to the betterment of the lives of our people”.

“We want highly trained artisans, scientists and leaders of corporations,” he said.

Zuma said the ruling party had made “huge strides” in reversing centuries of oppression and that the country needed young graduates to help transform the country.

“We want to produce a new generation of black farmers and agricultural scientists to compete with the best of the best of developed regions,” said the president.

“Magubane always stressed his love of education and instilled this in his children.

“I would like to thank him and his family for starting this foundation that will promote the unfolding stories of Africa and help build South Africa.

“If people are educated, they are no longer jobseekers but creators of jobs.

“I want to thank Msunduzi for this important project. Let us handle it with care and may it grow from strength to strength and touch many lives.”

Magubane thanked everyone who attended the launch and all who had contributed in making the launch of the foundation possible.

In an interview with The Witness last year, Magubane had said he was happy that more young people were using the Bessie Head Library as it showed that “our children are starting to appreciate what was fought for during apartheid”.

“Economic freedom still remains elusive. The battle must continue,” he had said during the interview.


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