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David Mabuza unveils Adam Kok's statue

The statue has been erected at the municipal building to honour the late leader of the Griqua people in the country.

Deputy President David Mabuza unveiled Adam Kok III Statue and the Adam Kok Municipal Building during the National Heritage Day celebrations at Kokstad in the KwaZulu-Natal. Picture: @PresidencyZA/Twitter

JOHANNESBURG - Deputy President David Mabuza has unveiled the statue of Adam Kok in Kokstad during his Heritage Day address in KwaZulu-Natal.

The statue has been erected at the municipal building to honour the late leader of the Griqua people in the country.

Mabuza is addressing the nation at the main Heritage Day celebrations at Riverview Stadium on Monday afternoon.

‘KOKSTAD A SHINING EXAMPLE OF SA’S DIVERSITY’

The deputy president says Kokstad is a shining example of South Africa’s diversity.

“It is no coincidence that we descend on these shores of Kokstad to spend this special day in this beautiful town, which is a representation of a kaleidoscope of culture, history, totems, heritage and a multi-feast of traditions.”

He’s also used his address to send condolences to the family of the late Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa after her death on Saturday.

“Minister Molewa was an outstanding servant of our people. She possessed extraordinary skills as an organiser, a thinker, a strategist, a leader – grounded in the plight and aspirations of our people.”

Mabuza also sent condolences to King Goodwill Zwelithini following the death of his son Prince Butho.

Meanwhile, some political parties are also marking the public holiday.

Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane and Tshwane Mayor Solly Msimanga are holding celebrations in Kempton Park at the Codesa Walkway.

The Economic Freedom Fighters is using the occasion to call on the government to make serious changes as part of respecting and recognising heritage.

The EFF’s Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said: “On this day, we are calling for the consolidation of the constitutional amendment for allowing expropriation of land without compensation.”

(Edited by Thapelo Lekabe)