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By Canaan Mdletshe | Sep 25, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

HE might have died more than 100 years ago but Ntelezi Msane who was one of the ringleaders of the famous Poll Tax resistance, will be given posthumous recognition in a hall of fame.

A special event to honour Msane will take place on Sunday.

Msane, pictured, of Umzumbe on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast was one of 38 "warriors" arrested and sent to St Helena island by the British in 1906.

Howard Msomi and Ntuthuko Khuzwayo of Ikhwezi LeAfrica are the movers behind the Ntelezi Msane Memorial Project.

They have been working since 1998 trying to find out what happened to Msane and other prisoners sentenced to St Helena.

Msomi said according to the archives 38 warriors from Umzumbe alone were sentenced to the island but nobody knows what happened to them.

"We found that Msane had died there but his grave is not there," Msomi said.

What is certain is that Msane and others had written letters to their families in 1910 telling them they were sick.

Records show that of the 38 only 19 returned to South Africa but their families did not know what happened to them.

Khuzwayo said they established on St Helena that there were only records showing where seven had been exiled to.

"Our aim is to show the world that the warriors from Umzumbe, though not often recognised, played a major role in fighting the injustices of the past," he said.


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