Madiba anniversary: Mbete & Mchunu will lead a wreath laying ceremony in Howick

By Drum Digital
03 December 2014

ANC chairwoman Baleka Mbete and provincial chairman Senzo Mchunu will lead a wreath laying ceremony and prayer in Howick, KwaZulu-Natal on the anniversary of former president Nelson Mandela's death, the party said on Tuesday.

Mbete would later deliver a lecture on Mandela at the Lay Centre in Imbali later in the day, provincial secretary Sihle Zikalala said in a statement.

This was decided at a provincial executive committee (PEC) meeting which took place in Durban at the weekend.

Various activities would take place in all regions, including towns Pietermaritzburg and Howick.

"The inspirational story of Mandela's journey to freedom cannot be told without the province of KwaZulu-Natal where some of the most notable events in his life unfolded," Zikalala said.

Mandela was arrested on August 5, 1962 when he was travelling illegally from Durban to Johannesburg where he had met with then ANC leader Albert Luthuli.

He was dressed in disguise as a driver when the police found him, this arrest leading to his 27-year jail sentence on Robben Island.

The arrest took place on the R103 on the old main road about 5km from Howick.

The wreath-laying ceremony would be the main first anniversary activity held on December 5 at the capture site in Howick.

The PEC also found that the rise of violence in the province required urgent attention.

"In the recent past, we have seen the much-needed development being put on ice solely because of safety issues that make it extremely difficult for contractors appointed by government to carry out their duties," Zikalala said.

"Scores of people have been killed execution-style in areas such as KwaMashu Hostel, Escourt and many other parts of the province."

She said a crime prevention summit was needed to bring the matter to national attention.

The summit would be tasked with finding ways to curb the problem.

"The summit should take place as early as March next year and it should involve all sectors of the society such as churches, political parties, NGOs, community policing forums, safety and crime experts etc," Zikalala said.


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