NAKASA’S LEGACY LIVES ON
By: Zukiswa Ndaba
As the nation reburied the remains of Nathaniel Ndazana Nakasa, the Ethekwini Municipality is striving to keep his legacy alive.
As part of hounoring Nakasa, the Old Court House Museum is hosting an exhibition that celebrates his work and achievements.
The aim of the exhibition is to raise awareness of his impact on our democracy and freedom of expression.
The exhibition consists of Nakasa’s articles and belongings: the trunk that he used to store his clothes on, the packet of cigarettes that he always had in his pocket, his type-writer and quotes from his book, The Native of No-where.
The audience responce to the exhibition was rather impressive.
Among others, Thobile Gumede expressed her love for the late struggle hero and recognised his courage.
“I love Nat and his work too. But I certainly don’t think he committed suicide- somebody killed him. He was very brave, he wouldn’t have killed himself,” said Gumede.
The exhibition runs from the 6th of September and will end in December 2014. It has already attracted young and upcoming journalists who are inspired by Nakasa.
Creative Arts College Journalism Student, Labuye Mhlongo, said, “He really had passion for journalism unlike us- we just do it. But he taught me to be ambitious and make sacrifices when needed.”
The phenominal anti-apartheid legend/journalist was honoured by being laid to rest among other heroes at the Heroes Acre in Chesterville.