PROMINENT local women are proud that statues of female struggle icons Margaret Mncadi, Victoria Mxenge and Dorothy Nyembe will be erected in KwaZulu-Natal.Premier Senzo Mchunu announced that a statue of Margaret Mncadi will be unveiled at Ixopo on September 12, one of Victoria Mxenge in Umlazi on November 7 and that of Dorothy Nyembe in Durban in December.The announcement was made by Mchunu while addressing more than 2 000 people at a women’s celebration event at eSikhawini outside Empangeni.“Any person who knows the history of this country and the struggle of black people in general and women in particular against all forms of oppression and repression meted out by apartheid regime, will know about the contribution these women made in bringing about freedom and democracy in our land,” Mchunu said. Melanie Veness, CEO of the Pietermaritzburg Chamber of Business, said that it was good to see women being recognised for the role they played.“It is wonderful to see the statues being erected and tributes being paid to these women. Women have made incredible contributions to this country and contributions throughout the world. This should set the benchmark for women in the future,” she said.Jabu Mgubo, executive committee member at Msunduzi Municipality, said that the statues should emphasise the contribution these women made in South Africa. “Women have played a crucial role in South Africa, but their input was not always recognised. This is not only about the statue being erected, but recognising the input women have made and are still making today. There can be many statues erected, but is nothing without remembering the role these women made,” she said.She said for decades the youth have not been told about the contributions that Mncadi, Mxenge and Nyembe had made to the post-1994 South Africa.All three of the women were part of the African National Congress and their statues are being erected in the towns where they lived.Mncadi and Nyembe both have roads named after them in Durban. The name of Mxenge, a lawyer, has been used by a law firm in Johannesburg and several other projects throughout the country.