Zuma to speak at Albert Luthuli commemoration

2017-07-21 05:00
President Jacob Zuma. (Karen Bleier, AFP)

President Jacob Zuma. (Karen Bleier, AFP)

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Cape Town – The 50th anniversary of the death of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Albert Luthuli will be commemorated in Groutville, KwaZulu-Natal, on Friday.

President Jacob Zuma is expected to deliver a speech and lay a wreath at the grave, a national heritage site, and unveil the plaque at the newly-built Luthuli memorial.

The ceremony is scheduled to start on the Groutville sports ground at 10:00.

Chief Albert Luthuli died on July 21, 1967. He was struck by a goods train while on his way to his home in Groutville.  

Before he was elected ANC president in 1952, the apartheid government stripped Luthuli of his chieftainship after he refused to either withdraw his ANC membership or forfeit his office as tribal chief.

In a statement, Zuma called Luthuli an inspiration in South Africans' struggle for liberation.

He was one of the leaders who spearheaded several demonstrations and strikes against the white minority government, which led to his arrest in 1956 and being charged with treason.

He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1960.

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