Zuma: SA’s struggle heroes should be celebrated

The president spoke at the reburial of anti-apartheid veteran Moses Kotane who died in exile in the 1970s.

President Jacob Zuma. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma has urged South Africans not to take the country's hard-fought democracy for granted.

The president was speaking at the reburial ceremony of anti-apartheid veteran Moses Kotane, held in his birth village of Pella in the North West, on Saturday.

Moses Kotane's widow Rebecca Kotane with her family as they wait to receive the veterans's remains. Picture: Dineo Bendile/EWN

The anti-apartheid veteran's remains were exhumed from Moscow Russia where he was buried in exile in the 1970s along with those of fellow struggle stalwart JB Marks.

Kotane's remains were repatriated to South Africa earlier this month.

Zuma said South Africa's struggle heroes should be celebrated.

"It has produced Moses Kotane, Walter Sisulu, Andrew Mlangeni, Ahmed Kathrada, Albertina Sisulu, Sophia De Bruyn and many other heroes and heroines."

He said the reburial of the former South African Communist Party (SACP) general secretary marks a new chapter in South Africa's political struggle.

Zuma described the day as a momentous occasion as Kotane has finally returned to his permanent resting place.