Struggle museum for Imbali

2012-12-18 00:00

THE Premier’s Office will make available R960 million to upgrade the Heroes’ Acre heritage site in Imbali, Edendale.

Former SA Communist Party president Moses Mabhida and ANC stalwart John Makhathini are buried there.

At a full council meeting in the city hall last week, Msunduzi Municipality resolved that the province, through the office of the premier, would fund the “ambitious plan”, which would see the construction of a museum.

The museum will showcase the history of the Zulu nation and the history of the struggle in Pietermaritzburg, which is said to be the heart of the fight for freedom for the people of this province.

A study is under way to investigate the names of people to be honoured in the museum.

The premier’s spokesperson, Ndabezinhle Sibiya, was quoted earlier this year as saying the aim was to ensure that residents in the province had a sense of pride in their history.

As part of the province’s infrastructure development plan, the monument at Imbali would be one of many heritage sites across the province that would be refurbished.

The aim would be to attract tourists and historians to KwaZulu-Natal.

It is estimated that it will take two years to decide who should be declared heroes and whose names should be honoured in the museum.

The aim is to have all political parties and race groups that took part in the struggle represented.

Municipal manager Mxolisi Nkosi said the municipality was made a partner in the project because it had to make land available for the museum.

Inkatha Freedom Party caucus leader Dolo Zondi welcomed the initiative, but was concerned about who would be declared heroes.

“We need to guard against giving a one-sided historical perspective of the city as it has been the case before,” he said.

However, Mayor Chris Ndlela replied that the project was still in its early stages. Construction would begin in the 2017/18 financial year.

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