Fallen struggle heroes and heroines honored

2017-12-28 06:00
Unveiling the photo gallery of fallen struggle heroes and heroines of Hambanathi Township were Nomathemba Nana (left) and Fawzia Peer. Photo: ANDILE SITHoLE

Unveiling the photo gallery of fallen struggle heroes and heroines of Hambanathi Township were Nomathemba Nana (left) and Fawzia Peer. Photo: ANDILE SITHoLE

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THE much-anticipated photo gallery of fallen struggle heroes and heroines was opened at Hambanathi Library on December 14.

The gallery with the 33 names and images of struggle fighters who played an instrumental role in the liberation between 1980 to 1989 were unveiled at a special ceremony at Hambanathi Township.

Members of uMkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) in the Vuyisile Mini Zone in partnership with eThekwini Municipality initiated the Siyabakhumbula programme last year to honour people who fought for freedom.

Among the people who were honored at the function were late teachers, policemen and MKMVA cadres.

Commander of MKMVA in the Vuyisile Mini Zone Sbongiseni Magasela said the main purpose of the programme was to keep the legacy of the cadres alive.

“We want to keep the legacy of our heroes and heroines alive so that new generations will know the people who fought for freedom.

They must know how the struggle of the freedom came about and uphold the principles of the late leaders. As [members of] MK in this zone we have been trying so hard to have these heroes and heroines honored.”

Magasela added that not all local struggle heroes were honored.

“There were musicians who used music as an instrumental tool to send a strong message to the public to fight for the freedom of their country.”

Chairperson of MKMVA Thabiso Mokoena warned of ‘internal opportunists within the ANC’ who joined the party to enrich themselves.

Mokoena said there were leaders within the ruling party in the local levels sowing divisions in the ANC.

To honor the late cadres and community leaders, MKMVA held a special awards ceremony in honor of those who fought for freedom and economic emancipation. However, some of the family members had ambivalent feelings and said the ANC was not doing its best to pay tribute to the people who fought for freedom.

Beatrice Manana-Khumalo (74) said she is not enjoying the fruits of democracy as other citizens.

“My son Andreas Nxele joined the struggle and fought for freedom. It’s so unfortunate that as his mother I stay in a house that is leaking. Everybody got a decent house and I am the only one in Hambanathi not enjoying this freedom.”

Another resident Thandi Mzobe (87), the mother of the late MKMVA cadre Douglas Mzobe from Hambanathi, said she was ecstatic that his son was honoured, but appealed to the local government to support families of struggles heroes and heroines with finance.

“Sometimes I go to bed with an empty stomach.

I got no food in my house. The awards that we received in honour of our children who sacrificed their lives and fought for our freedom of this country, are not enough. I expected more than just an award.”

eThekwini Deputy Mayor Fawzia Peer advised the families of the late struggle fighters to heal and always remember good deeds that their children left behind.

“If it wasn’t for them we would be still fighting for freedom. We must teach the youth our struggle and show them that these heroes fought for freedom.”
Peer said freedom cannot be complete without economic freedom. She advised the youth to become entrepreneurs and generate income themselves.

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