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Nelson Mandela Museum pays tribute to unsung struggle stalwarts.

July 04, 2012

“Rembembering our heroes”

The late Chris Hani welcoming Chief Zwelebango Bhalizulu of Qunu on the day of his release from Robben Island.

The Nelson Mandela Museum a proud advocate of Nelson Mandela’s values has joined hands with the family of the late Chief Zwelebango Bhalizulu of Qunu, also a niece to Nelson Mandela.

Chief Zwelebango of Qunu, a former MK Cadre and an ANC Member was politically persecuted by the previous regime for his political involvement and he was later sentenced to Robben Island.  After his release from prison in 1991 he retained his Chieftaincy. In 1995 Chief Zwelebango was assassinated by unknown assailants and he was buried at the Qunu Great Place.  

Another MK Veteran Mzwandile Vena, also a son of Qunu, will give a tribute to the late Chief, Aaaah Zwelebango. 

Mr. Matshongwe Edward Nkathazo is one of the political activists that contributed immensely to the struggle for a democratically elected government. His political involvement can be traced at the time when he was working for General Motors’ in Port Elizabeth in the early 1960’s. He was arrested in 1964 and sentenced to six years in imprisonment where most of those years were spent in Robben Island. At the time when Mr. Nkathazo was in prison Mrs. Nkathazo wrote a letter to Mr. Mandela. Mrs. Nkathazo will officially donate a letter of response from Nelson Mandela to the Nelson Mandela Museum.

“As a museum we felt obliged to honour and remember the role played by Chief Zwelebango Bhalizulu and that of comrade Nkathazo. We need to take note of the fact that our patron Nelson Mandela even mentioned that he was not alone in the liberation of this country. The restoration of these grave sites symbolizes the theme ‘Remembering our heroes’.

 The Mandela month is a month where every institution, individuals should play a role in the upliftment of communities”, said Khwezi Mpumlwana, C.E.O of the Nelson Mandela Museum.          

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Cell: 082 483 4643 Fax: 047 538 0218

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