University of Fort Hare (South Africa) Ufh fine arts students’ murals immortalize the values of mam’lindiwe mabuza – iconic poet and liberation struggle herione
The University of Fort Hare, once more made an entry in history books today (6th of December 2022) when the murals of some of its Fine Arts students were unveiled on the walls of an iconic newly launched conference center in honor of Lindiwe Mabuza – a South African and an international legend.
This day marked the first anniversary of Mabuza´s passing and to honor her rich legacy, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES), together with her family opened the new facility in her name: the Lindiwe Mabuza Space situated in Rosebank, Johannesburg.
Mabuza´s legacy has many facets. She was a cultural activist, politician, academic, poet, journalist, diplomat, and so much more. She dedicated her life to the struggle for liberation in South Africa and the realization of human rights.
As a feminist, she saw the fight against patriarchy as central to her life’s work. As a poet, she demonstrated the importance of arts and culture for activism and progressive change. As an internationalist, in exile, she worked for international solidarity, dialogue, and unity amongst progressives.
As the first Ambassador of democratic South Africa to Germany and throughout her career, she continued to emphasize the need for progressive internationalism beyond the level of government.
Among the dignitaries in attendance is Mabuza’s daughter Thembi Mabuza, Max Sisulu, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, and Dr. Brigalia Bam.
The students whose murals found a permanent home in this significant space are:
*Lukho Dyongo, Indoda aYikhali
*Sikelelwa Mqina, New Beginnings
*Lunga Mabongo, Akusafani Nakuqala
*Sokwana Lwanda Mthengenya, Let’s break a cycle!!!
A mural of Mabuza painted by Sinovuyo Makhubalo will be unveiled later this afternoon.
*This is a developing story. The full article will be uploaded later on our website: www.ufh.ac.za*