The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, joined by the Deputy Minister for Arts and Culture will honour anti-Apartheid activist Zola Nqini by unveiling a statue and hosting a memorial lecture on Wednesday, 9 December – the day he was murdered 33 years ago in Maseru, Lesotho.
Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Executive Mayor Dr Danny Jordaan will officiate at the statue unveiling while Deputy Minister of Arts and Culture Rejoice Mabudafhasi will deliver the keynote address at the Memorial Lecture a few hours later.
During a Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearing Phyllis Naidoo described the crime scene as follows: “…everything was just blown to smithereens and blood… I mean it was like an abattoir. And just to see Zola’s body there, you know with these red tartan underpants and he was such a shy human being, you know, gentle, gentle, gentle…”
Nqini, twenty-nine other South Africans and twelve Lesotho nationals were murdered by SADF Special Forces operatives during an attack in the middle of the night on ANC houses and a block of flats in Maseru.
The unveiling of the Zola Nqini Statue will take place on Wednesday 9 December at 15h00 in the Zola Nqini Square (in front of Uitenhage Town Hall) and be followed by the Zola Nqini Memorial Lecture at 17h00 in the Uitenhage Town Hall.