A STATUE of anti-apartheid activist, Archie Gumede is to be erected in the Frances Farewell Square, Durban Church Walk next to the City Hall.
Gumede was born in 1914 in Pietermaritzburg to James Gumede an early ANC leader.
Archie led the Natal delegates at the 1955 Congress of the People in Kliptown during which the Freedom Charter was written.
He later worked as an attorney and practriced in Pietermaritzburg.
He was a leader in the United Democratic Front which was made up of a broad-based coalition of groups that fought to end apartheid. In 1994, Gumede became a member of the National Assembly of South africa and died in office in 1998.
The report approved the installation of the Archie Gumede statue in the Frances Farewell Square which is considered popular by passers-by, pedestrians and tourists who frequently use the space to rest and take pictures.
A second report tabled at the meeting also outlined plans for the Sivananda World Peace and Community Development Foundation to erect the busts of King Goodwill Zwelithni, former President Nelson Mandela together with the Sivananda Peace Pillar at Mitchell Park in a strtegic move by the city to transform the heritage landscape.
The statues are to be erected at Mitchell Park, and has been supported by King Goodwill Zwelithni, in a bid to enhance the education value at the Park.
According to the report, philanthropist Ishwar Ramlutchman made a commitment to the late Swami Sahajananda to undertake the installation of eight Sivananda Peace Pillars across South Africa as a beacon of diversity with all costs,
including the costs of the unveiling ceremony, being born by the Foundation.
The Parks, Recreation and Culture Unit will supervise the implementation of the project to ensure that all aspects of the project complies with the eThekwini Monuments and Memorial guidelines.
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