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Griffiths and Victoria Mxenge honoured
Government leaders and the family of Griffiths
and Victoria Mxenge honoured the role played
by the two late freedom activists.
TO restore and preserve South African history, the KwaZulu-Natal Government and eThekwini Municipality unveiled statues of late anti-apartheid activists Griffiths and Victoria Mxenge on 20 August in uMlazi, south of Durban.

Plans are afoot to transform their house into a museum. These two statues are strategically located between uMlazi Mega City Mall and the Glebelands Community Residential Unit as you enter uMlazi Township. The two statues are situated next to the statue of another struggle stalwart, Dorothy Nyembe, which was unveiled last year.

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MEC for Corporative Governance and Traditional Affairs Nomusa Dube-Ncube said KwaZulu-Natal government has been working with the Mxenge family since 2012 to ensure the erection of the two statues. “We want these two leaders to remain engraved in our minds for many more years to come. We need to remember those who laid down their lives for this freedom. Importantly, we need to be very close to the families of our fallen heroes ,” said MEC Dube-Ncube.

Chairperson of the Community Services Committee Councillor Zama Sokhabase said by unveiling the statues in August, which is also a women’s month, government wanted to also highlight the role Victoria Mxenge played, as one of the many women who were at the forefront of the freedom struggle. “She was a fearless woman who dedicated her life towards the fight for this freedom.

She was murdered on 1 August 1985 in front of her children. The Municipality is working hard to ensure that their house is turned into a museum.”  The daughter of Griffiths and Victoria Mxenge, Ntombodidi Mxenge thanked the provincial government and the Municipality for honouring her parents.

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