Honour Maqoma legacy through renaming

Arts &culture deputy minister Maggie Sotyu, far right, at Ntaba kaNdoda on Friday, with Nkosi Siseko Maqoma, left, at the unveiling of a plaque honouring Nkosi Jongumsobomvu Maqoma.
Arts &culture deputy minister Maggie Sotyu, far right, at Ntaba kaNdoda on Friday, with Nkosi Siseko Maqoma, left, at the unveiling of a plaque honouring Nkosi Jongumsobomvu Maqoma.
Image: LULAMILE FENI

As we celebrate Heritage Month and bow our heads in salute of our forbearers, no less a figure than Nkosi Jongumsobomvu Maqoma is more deserving of our remembrance.

September 9  marked 152 years since the death  the hero best known for the courageous battles he fought between 1850-1853 against the British colonialists.

The Eastern Cape is known as the home of the legends and certainly Maqoma’s name should be top on that list.

Maqoma’s remains were exhumed from an unmarked grave on Robben Island in 1978 reburied at Ntabaka Ndoda.

As the call to rename places around the country gathers momentum, the Nkosi Jongumsobomvu Foundation has called for Fort Beaufort to be renamed after the heroic warrior, Maqoma. We also endorse renaming of the East London Airport to King Phalo.

— Vuyo Fani is CEO of the Nkosi Jongumsobomvu Foundation.



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