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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 gravesite 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.