Bhambatha statue still swathed in mystery

2017-02-15 06:01
Still swathed in layers of plastic sheeting , the statue of Bhambatha stands supreme and unveiled in the Umvoti Municipality Heritage and Memorial Park in the grounds of the Town Office. Across the park the statue King Shaka contemplates and monitors the visitors to the Memorial Park. Six years ago an ungainly “Iron Curtain” was erected around the Town Office garden with much mysterious activity taking place behind. Eventually in 2015 it was announced that this was a statue of Umvoti hero , Chief Bhambatha , and it would be unveiled by President Jacob Zuma on Heritage Day with accompanying celebrations. But at the last minute, the unveiling was cancelled , even though the celebrations took place. Now , February 2017 - 111 years after Bhambatha led his rebellion against the Poll Tax – recognition is still veiled in plastic.

Still swathed in layers of plastic sheeting , the statue of Bhambatha stands supreme and unveiled in the Umvoti Municipality Heritage and Memorial Park in the grounds of the Town Office. Across the park the statue King Shaka contemplates and monitors the visitors to the Memorial Park. Six years ago an ungainly “Iron Curtain” was erected around the Town Office garden with much mysterious activity taking place behind. Eventually in 2015 it was announced that this was a statue of Umvoti hero , Chief Bhambatha , and it would be unveiled by President Jacob Zuma on Heritage Day with accompanying celebrations. But at the last minute, the unveiling was cancelled , even though the celebrations took place. Now , February 2017 - 111 years after Bhambatha led his rebellion against the Poll Tax – recognition is still veiled in plastic.

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nd September 2015, President Jacob Zuma would be in Greytown to unveil the statue.In addition King Goodwill Zweletheni would head the many honoured and important guests who would attend .These celebrations were held – but the statue remained wrapped in in its plastic coating.

At the last minute the unveiling was postponed- due to reasons beyond the control of the responsible Government department, Department of Arts and Culture and the Presidency according to the official statement.
And as can be seen from the photograph taken last weekend – the statue retains its well preserved aura of mystery

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