8th September 2014.
As we proudly celebrate Heritage Month the IFP
in KwaZulu-Natal calls upon the provincial government,
especially the Department of Arts & Culture, to restore King
Shaka's grave in KwaDukuza to a standard worthy of this great
leader of the Zulu nation.
"The integral role played by this iconic Zulu
leader in building the Zulu nation is always remembered during
Heritage Month. Sadly, we forget to maintain his grave site to
reflect the importance of an internationally recognised African
leader & great Zulu warrior. King Shaka's gravesite attracts
visitors from across the globe thereby giving a tangible boost
to our tourism industry. The gravesite should be maintained to
the standard befitting a leader of King Shaka's stature. If the
burial site fails to reflect the value and respect that should
be accorded to King Shaka, it would be an insult to the Zulu
Royal family and the nation. It must be restored before we
celebrate his leadership role and the indelible contribution to
the history of our country," said IFP spokesperson on Arts &
Culture, Mr Steven Moodley, MPL.
"It is hoped that King Shaka's grave be
accorded the same status accorded to Albert Luthuli, Oliver
Tambo, PAC founder Robert Sobukwe and leader of the Black
Consciousness Movement, Steve Biko. The government has spent
millions of Rands erecting the King Shaka statue at the King
Shaka International Airport, so it is only fitting for his final
resting place to be maintained as a mark of honour and respect,"
stated Mr Moodley.
"We further call on the KwaDukuza Municipality
to partner with the provincial government to ensure that the
restoration becomes a reality. The IFP will monitor the progress
made in this matter and will be visiting King Shaka's grave site
before the Heritage Day celebrations" concluded Mr Moodley.
Mr Steven Moodley, IFP Spokesperson
on Arts and Culture, MPL, 072 086 6784
For Media Enquiries:
IFP KZN Provincial Legislature Media Liaison
Officer, Mr Phendulani Biyase,073 024 5675