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Regional plot to dilute Albert Luthuli's legacy

By unknown | Jun 14, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Chief Albert Luthuli fought for a non-racist, non-sexist, democratic South Africa and many South Africans are very proud of him.

The recent saga of renaming streets and buildings in Durban prompted me to write this because I think that the late chief's legacy is at stake. I believe that there are forces hard at work trying to undermine his legacy and reduce the chief's stature to that of a regional hero.

Heaping so much in one city on Luthuli dilutes the honour. Honour the chief, from Groutville, by naming a museum and a street after him and by placing his statue in the town centre.

It is fitting to name Durban's Inkosi Albert Luthuli Hospital after him and it is also fitting that Luthuli House in Joburg and Albert Luthuli Municipality in Mpumalanga are named after the chief.

I am worried that the M4 Southern Freeway in Durban is to be renamed after him. The Chief Albert Luthuli Annual Lecture hosted by the University of KwaZulu-Natal is another perfect contribution to Luthuli's legacy. But my hackles started rising when I heard that the ICC in Durban is also to be renamed after him.

I suspect that there is a regional plot at play to reduce his stature and legacy by making it highly visible and prominent at one region and then reducing it at national level.

Siyabonga Seme

University of Zululand


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