KZN GOVERNMENT CELEBRATES MADIBA
By: Sbongakonke Mbatha
KwaZulu-Natal Provincial government celebrated the 20th anniversary of South Africa’s freedom and democracy by commemorating Madiba as they released doves into the sky on Monday.
KwaZulu-Natal Premier, Senzo Mchunu alongside members of cabinet, district mayors and leaders of various communities released doves as a symbol of peace at the Mandela Capture Site in Howick.
Speaking at the launch, Mchunu said it was impossible to speak of Tata Madiba’s vote in the first ever democratic elections without mentioning KwaZulu-Natal. He spoke of the painful memories that resurfaced.
“The unpleasant fact is that any mention of apartheid, the people of KZN remember the period of great cruelty, torture, killings of political activists and the break-up of families that left orphans and widows,” said Mchunu.
The 20 years of freedom flame will be the major symbol of light over darkness that has prevailed over the province in the past twenty years. Government officials said the flame will travel across 11 districts including EThekwini Metro.
A series of activities led by MEC’s and Mayors in various districts have been lined up for when the flame arrives.
Communities are urged to participate in these historic celebrations which will be used to take stock of all progress made to date and take note of all that needs to be done to take the country forward.