KoMjekejeke – On March 2, 2017 was 39th annual commemoration of Ndebele King Silamba held at Komjekejeke Heritage Site in Walmansthal, outside east of Pretoria. Komjekejeke was declared a National Heritage Site in 1999.
King Makhosoke II, addressed thousands of Ndebele and emphasised that the government must return the land that was taken from amaNdebele. King Silamba was a ruler of the Ndebele nation when they were forcefully moved to KoMjekejeke by the Boers in the late 1860s. This event was established since 1980 and it is a renowned annual event in the Ndebele Kingdom Calendar.
King Makhosoke II did not minced his words. “We demand our land that belongs to us because if we don’t have a land we would not be a nation. We have claimed our land prior 1998. We want to reclaim back Pretoria, Bronkhorspruit, Delmas, Cullinan and Rayton but our claims were dismissed by Land Claims. We are saying is not over yet, but we are going to contest that before the court of law,” said King Makhosoke II.
King Makhosoke II also complained about the University of Mpumalanga’s ignorance of isiNdebele language. The King said their failure to offer isiNdebele has compel our kids to seek assistance from outside the province. “We are not against this university but it must also teach isiNdebele because it is situated in Mpumalanga and should also benefit amaNdebele too. Their core mandate as a university in Mpumalanga is to develop both isiNdebele and isiSwati. Currently the university is teaching isiSwati only,” King concluded.
The event was showered with a variety of activities including formal traditional council protocol and cultural programme featuring different cultural groups.
In attendance was Deputy President DD Mabuza, Minister of Women and Children Bathabile Dlamini, MEC of Cooperative government Speedy Mashilo, Executive Mayor of Thembisile Hani Municipality Ms Nomsa Mtsweni; Government officials and other SADEC representatives.
The event attracted various tourists and guests of honour throughout Limpopo, Gauteng, KZN as well as Swaziland. This is a positive symbol that donated its positive impact since its inception over three decades ago.