Honouring the Adam Kok legacy

2018-09-14 06:00

THE community of Kokstad will be welcoming the arrival of the Adam Kok III statue to the municipality on Sunday.

The statue is expected to be unveiled at the national commemoration of Heritage Day in front of the Greater Kokstad Municipality building on September 24.

Greater Kokstad Municipality deputy mayor Karen Walker said the statue will be welcomed on Sunday with a motorcade of the Griqua community, including the people of Kokstad. She said the municipality has planned lots of activities for Heritage month.

“The Griqua community is happy about the recognition of Adam Kok III and his statue will be erected for everyone to see,” said Walker when she spoke to the Griqua community in the Twistville area on Tuesday.

The Greater Kokstad Municipality building is also set to be renamed after Adam Kok III.

Speaking for the Kok family in Kokstad, Udmund Kok thanked government for recognising their leader. He said the statue will keep history alive for the next generation, saying: “Kok was a good leader for the Griqua community and we want Griqua people to follow in his footsteps.”

Gabriel Marais, the chairperson of Griqua Traditional Council in Kokstad, said he is delighted about the erection of the statue and the renaming of the municipal building because they have been asking for the recognition of Adam Kok for many years.

“At the event, Griqua people from all over the country will be attending with their traditional attire and activities,” he said.

Adam Kok III was the founder and chief of East Griqualand many years ago.

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