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Members of Umkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans’ Association of Vuyisile Mini Zone, held a parade at the Hambanathi Resource Centre on April 27.PhotoS: andile sithole

Members of Umkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans’ Association of Vuyisile Mini Zone, held a parade at the Hambanathi Resource Centre on April 27.PhotoS: andile sithole

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THE names of the fallen struggle heroes and heroines of the Hambanathi Township will be displayed on a wall framed at a local library as a gesture of honouring them for fighting for freedom in South Africa.

This emerged at a Freedom Day function at Hambanathi Resource Centre on April 27.

The aim of Siyabakhumbula programme was to commemorate the struggle heroes of the Hambanathi Township who fought for the liberation of the South Africans from 1980 to 1989.

Among the people who will be honoured are teachers, members of Umkhonto weSizwe (MK), police, members of the United Democratic Front and church leaders.

Speakers sharing the podium at the function said the public have until May 31, to submit the names of struggle veterans who are currently not captured in their database.

Commander of the Umkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans’ Association (MKVA) Sbongiseni Magasela said 40 names have been proposed so far, 10 of whom currently live in the Hambanathi Township.

He said once the process of capturing data is finalised, the names will be displayed at the Hambanathi Library.

“We are honouring struggle heroes who fought for freedom from 1980 to 1989 and all those who have not yet been identified, we request the public to come forward so we can add their names to the database. The Siyabakhumbula programme was initiated by Umkhonto weSizwe to honour those comrades who fought for freedom.

“The programme is going to be a pilot project in Hambanathi and has been a success in conjunction with the Hambanathi Library.

“The programme will continue as it is supported by eThekwini Municipality. This programme serves as a build-up to other programmes we plan to have in the near future.”

Joyce Johnson from the office eThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede said: “The constitutional principles of democracy state that every South African, irrespective of race, colour, language, gender, status, sexual orientation or creed should know that his or her basic rights and freedoms are guaranteed by the Constitution and enforcedly by the sourced law.

“As we celebrate 20 years of our Constitution we must be aware that there are those who wanted to project this government as an illegitimate government.

“They continue to challenge and attack decisions made by our leadership.

“Also there are elements that seek to unseat government using courts where they failed in the ballot.

“We need to ask ourselves if this is what our heroes fought for.

“Every five years masses of our people go to the elections to choose the government as dictated by the Constitution, people chose President Jacob Zuma and the ANC to lead them until 2019.

“We pay special homage to the heroines who led the struggle against colonialism and apartheid.

“I am talking about Oliver Tambo, Nelson Mandela, Joe Slovo, Lilian Ngoyi, the new deceased Ahmed Kathrada and many more, they all fought for our freedom.”


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