UNISA honours Simiso Nkwanyana
Nosipho Po Gumede
“A true leader with a strong and loyal following” these are some of the words used to describe the effervescent late Simiso Nkwanyana.
The University of South Africa held a ceremony this morning, to rename the Durban Regional Hub in honour of the late Simiso Nkwanyana.
The ceremony was graced with the presence of KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala along with the former KZN Premier Willies Mchunu and other delegates of importance, to celebrate this hero.
According to the eThekwini Municipality website, Simiso Nkwanyana was among the founding members of the first UNISA Students Representative Council, which was established in 1996. Nkwanyana died at the age of 31 years old during the apartheid regime.
This monumentalisation of this selfless hero is in commemoration of his fight for black students and the humanisation of Universities.
The Principal and Vice-Chancellor of UNISA Prof. Mandla Makhanya describes Nkwanyana as a legend whose political drive left a lasting mark at the University.
“We will remind the future students that through these corridors, there was a giant who walked these paths to ensure that universities are humanised,” said Makhanya.
The current Deputy SRC President of UNISA Xola Nyirenda explained that they are happy and fully support the transformation.
“We support the transformation and we are happy that our heroes are being recognized. Our buildings shouldn’t be named after apartheid agents,” said Ngwenya.
The Nkwanyana family was honoured to have their father, son and husband being commemorated in such a way. The UNISA Durban Regional Hub will be now referred to as the “Simiso Nkwanyana Building.”
Pictures: Mandisa Magubane