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From the Archives: Zuma’s Speech on the 50th Anniversary of the Lusikisiki Revolt

Rural Resistance in South AfricaOn 7 June 2010, President Jacob Zuma delivered a speech commemorating the 50th anniversary of the 1960 Mpondo Revolt in Lusikisiki. The address has been archived online at

In Rural Resistance in South Africa: The Mpondo Revolts after Fifty Years, Thembela Kepe and Lungisile Ntsebeza look at the series of uprisings that began in the 1950s and their sustained relevance.

Ndiyanibulisa nonke Zidwangube neziDwesha ezidibene apha kuLomzi wakwa Faku!

I stand here today, in the land of Nkosi Faku, Nkosi Mqikela, the land of Nkosi Sigcawu, great leaders and sons of warrior kings – deeply honoured to grace this culmination of the three days of the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Ingquza Hill massacre. This is the land where the struggle icon and venerable leader, President Oliver Tambo was born.

I thank the Department of Cooperative Governance and all the stakeholders such as the local municipalities for organising this event. I also thank the traditional leaders in this area for blessing this occasion.

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