Nelson Mandela centenary lecture

2018-05-23 06:01
Mandela Foundation CEO Sello Hatang addressing the public at the Msunduzi Museum on Friday.PHOTO: byrone athman

Mandela Foundation CEO Sello Hatang addressing the public at the Msunduzi Museum on Friday.PHOTO: byrone athman

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THE Msunduzi Museum celebrated International Museum Day on Friday by hosting the Nelson Mandela Foundation CEO Sello Hatang.

He also cut a ribbon to mark the opening of the temporary Nelson Mandela exhibition, in celebration of Africa Day this Friday and spoke in remembrance of Mandela.

The audience were treated to a vivid display by African dancers who entertained the crowd with traditional dance to commemorate Africa month.

Hatang then spoke of Mandela’s ties to Pietermaritzburg and the province ,stating that it was in KwaZulu-Natal, 20 kms north-west of Pietermaritzburg in Cedara, where Mandela was finally arrested after travelling through Africa all the way to London to receive military training.

Hatang also spoke about the support that Mandela had received from foreign countries and how today he is so heart sore to see that the same people who offered Mandela support during apartheid are being victimised through xenophobic attacks.

“I get so disheartened that fellow South Africans attack foreigners when Mandela received aid from foreigners when he needed it,” said Hatang. Hatang said that people need to treat fellow Africans like human beings just as Mandela was treated in foreign countries.

“We need to stop poisoning our future and grow our children in the right way,” said Hatang.

Hatang referenced a letter that Mandela wrote to his daughter while in jail which promised that although he was in jail and did not know when he would be released, he was full of hope to one day see her and taste her cooking as a free man.

“I am full of hope just as Mandela was even when he was in jail. He did not know when he was coming back but still had hope,” said Hatang. The Mandela exhibition at the Msunduzi Museum will be open for the next three months.

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