Marking the site of a landmark speech

2008-07-17 00:00

A SCULPTURE in the form of a voter’s cross now stands in front of the Arya Samaj Hall on the grounds of the Zibukezulu School in Imbali to commemorate the landmark speech that Nelson Mandela gave in the hall in 1961.

The wording on the plaque, supplied by the Sunday Times, succinctly describes what happened on March 25, 1961: “Here, in what was once known as the Plessislaer Arya Samaj Hall, Nelson Mandela made a surprise appearance at the historic All-in-Africa conference and delivered his first public speech in five years. It was also to be his last as a free man for another 29 years.

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