The 21st annual Kgoshi Mampuru II Commemoration was held at Sekwati Sports grounds in Mamone last Saturday. Young and old descended the Mamone village to celebrate
the life of the fallen icon. Traditional foods was served at the event. The crowd also worn traditional regalia and danced to Kiba and mpepetloane .
Among the dignitaries at the ceremony was the deputy Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA) as well as a number of MECs in the Limpopo government
Bapela delivered a keynote address at the commemoration of the late King Mampuru II on behalf of the Minister of Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. CoGTA.
Since its inception in 1999, the annual Kgoshi Mampuru II Commemoration, has been well attended annually and continued to showcase the heritage and cultures of the people of Sekhukhune.
Bapela joined the multitudes of attendees at this year’s celebration comprising of traditional leaders, government leaders across the three spheres, communities and contingents of guests
from far and near.
“The late Kgosi Mampuru is amongst the first liberation icons of South Africa who did not recognise the oppressive hut tax law imposed in the 1860s on African households
by the Colonial Government.
His refusal to identify with a repressive and discriminatory regime went a long way towards the achievement of the freedom and democracy we enjoy today,” Bapela told the crowd.
He said the annual commemoration of Kgosi Mampuru II is important as it honours his exemplary life, gallantry and the bold stance he adopted against colonial domination.
For his tough stance against the oppressive regime and refusing to pay an imposed hut tax, he was brutally executed in public at the old Pretoria Central Prison on
22 November 1883.
In honour of the late Kgosi Mampuru II, the old Pretoria Central Prison was named after him on 10 April 2013.