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Gukurahundi play unites Matebeleland leaders

by Thulani Nkala
27 Jun 2016 at 21:00hrs | Views
Siphesakhe Theatre Group performing uLoyiko Gukurahundi Play 25/06/2016 Hilbrow Theatre, SA.
Over 200 people attended the launch of uLoyiko gukurahundi Theatre play on Saturday, 25th June 2016 by Siphesakhe Youth Organisation at Hilbrow Theatre in SA.

Mr Yanga Mhlunzi one of the group's leaders reported that he was amazed by the attendance and the reaction to the play. "When we finished our performance most people were in tears, they asked us to do the performance again and we obliged" said Mr Mhluzi

In a rare show of unity by the various political leaders from Matebeleland, in attendance was Dr Dumiso Dabengwa of ZAPU; Mr Moses Mzila Ndlovu former Secretary General of the MDC; Mr Mqondisi Moyo President of MRP; Dr Churchill Guduza Vice President of MLF; and Chief Gumede. In recent past there have been calls for a purely regional party, which will deal with the issues affecting Matebeleland head on without fear or favour. Hopefully this is the positive beginning of greater collaborative regional politics.

Also in attendance were members of Ibutho LeNqama cultural group and uMhlahlo wesizwe sikaMthwakazi. The event was also graced by her Royal Highness Princess Mgetshani Mabhena of the Ndebele nation (SA).

All the Matebeleland leaders gave solidarity messages and thanked the group for a sterling job they have done, they encouraged them never to give up as they will surely meet difficulties along the way. The group disclosed that they had been offered money to stop the launch of the play. They revealed that they had to initiate an aggressive fundraising exercise in order for them to be able to launch the play today.

"It is high time that the people of Matebeleland come out from where ever they have been hiding and fight against their oppression, no one will lead their struggle for them, they need to reclaim their dignity back as a people with an impeccable history" said Mr Prosper Sizwe Nkosi an activist in his own right and also part of uLoyiko Team.

"We have been asked to consider coming back again, this is something we will definitely consider" said Mr Mhluzi.

The play had a healing effect to many who attended, they reported that they were all tears but in a fun way they felt better after the play and they felt hopeful that the genocide perpetrators will face the music in the near future.

Source - Thulani Nkala