Remembering struggle heroes through art

2015-09-03 06:00
PHOTO: nokulunga ngobese

At the unveiling of the mural outside Dick Whittington Shoes (from left) Shamiksha Boodhoo, Yusuf Bhamjee    (Umgungundlovu district mayor) Shamith Boodhoo, Dr May Mashego-Mkhize and Alisha Boodhoo.

PHOTO: nokulunga ngobese At the unveiling of the mural outside Dick Whittington Shoes (from left) Shamiksha Boodhoo, Yusuf Bhamjee (Umgungundlovu district mayor) Shamith Boodhoo, Dr May Mashego-Mkhize and Alisha Boodhoo.

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UMGUNGUNDLOVU district municipality, in partnership with Dick Whittington Shoes on Friday­ unveiled a mural depicting the lives of Nelson Mandela, Inkosi Mhlabunzima­ Maphumulo, Harry “The Lion” Gwala and Dr Chota Motala­.

Chairperson of the Liberation Heritage route, Oscar Dhlomo, said the mural also depicts the 1961 All-in-African conference when delegates from different countries walked past the factory in Plessislaer to attend a meeting at the Manaye (Arysa Samai) hall in Imbali.

Speaking on behalf of Dick Whittington, Dr May Mashego-Mkhize, a shareholder, said the unveiling of the mural was befitting since Mandela dedicated 67 years to social and political activism, and the shoe factory is also celebrating 67 years since its inception.

“For 67 years we have been putting shoes on peoples’ feet, hence we found it relevant to remember the life of this struggle stalwart and some of our local heroes who fought for liberation. We want to say ‘Lest we forget’ so that future generations will know about this. The mural also represents Mandela walking around this area. We also say, if we want to remember our history­, we have to document it.”

Umgungundlovu district mayor Yusuf Bhamjee said: “We are celebrating the lives of the cadres who made it possible for us to live. We are documenting history because we don’t want people to forget. Through Mandela and others, we all have a responsibility towards non-racialism.”

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