THE 50th anniversary of Chief Albert Luthuli’s death was commemorated in Groutville on Friday, July 21.
Luthuli, Africa’s First Nobel Peace Prize winner and former president of the ANC, died in 1967.
The anniversary commenced at the Groutville Congregational Church cemetery where he was laid to rest.
President Jacob Zuma led the wreath laying ceremony at Luthuli’s grave before proceeding to the Groutville market grounds where he was to deliver his keynote address.
In his address Zuma told those in attendance to follow in the footsteps of this great leader and also praised Luthuli and his leadership and what he stood for.
“Chief Albert Luthuli was a man of the people, he left behind the legacy of peace, non-racialism, anti-racism and the quest for freedom,” said Zuma.
During the momentous occasion there was also a call to re-open the investigation into Luthuli’s death as to this day his death remains shrouded in suspicion.
This call was echoed by KZN Premier Willies Mchunu that an investigation must be done so that his family and the people of this country could find.
Luthuli’s daughter and former KZN Legislature MP Dr Albertina Luthuli reiterated that her father was indeed killed.
“The train story is not the real cause of his death and what was reported was false. The government must launch a full investigation to find the truth of his passing,” said Luthuli.
In his closing remarks the president thanked the Luthuli family and the Luthuli Museum management for the sterling work they continue to do in ensuring that the legacy of this giant of the liberation struggle lives on.
He added: “Through this museum generations will be able to find out more about the struggle icon of the African continent.”