Rename Mthatha Airport after Matanzima, says Mandla Mandela
Mandela was speaking at the funeral of Matanzima’s wife, Nozuko Hazel Matanzima, in Gwatyu village near Cofimvaba on Saturday.
The airport was previously known as the K D Matanzima Airport named after the then Transkei prime minister.
Mandela said Matanzima’s name could not just be erased from the history of this country.
“There were people who visited us, wanting to name the airport in honour of Nelson Dalibhunga Mandela. We said if they want to honour Dalibhunga they must name the Port Elizabeth airport after Mandela,” he said.
The jailed AbaThembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo also called the Matanzima family to send his condolences.