Address by President Jacob Zuma to the Official Renaming Ceremony of
Department of Correctional Services Pretoria Management Area to Kgosi
Mampuru II Management Area, Pretoria
10 Apr 2013. The Minister of Correctional Services, Mr Sbu Ndebele and all Ministers,
Gauteng Premier Ms Mokonyane Deputy Ministers,
Correctional Services Commissioner and all senior officials.
Distinguished guests, We are truly delighted to be part of this important occasion today, the
official renaming ceremony of the Department of Correctional Services
Pretoria Management Area to Kgosi Mampuru II Management Area.
This event forms part of the celebration of Freedom Month which is also Heroes Month in our country.
This is sadly the month during which we lost selfless national heroes
such as former ANC President Oliver Reginald Tambo, former SACP general
secretary and Mkhonto Wesizwe Chief of Staff Chris Hani and the young
Solomon Mahlangu who was executed here at Pretoria Central Prison for
fighting for the freedom we enjoy today.
At the same time, April is the month of freedom. It is the month during
which we made history by burying a painful history and began to build
the future together.
It is the month during which South Africans elevated reconciliation and
forgiveness, and we decided to emphasise our unity in diversity and
minimise that which divides us. Part of that reconciliation includes the
renaming of geographic and place names as well as landmarks.
This is meant to reflect our diverse political and historical heritage and to heal the wounds of the past.
As South Africans from all walks of life, regardless of the role we
played in history or what we believed in then, have a responsibility to
respect and acknowledge the past, celebrate the present and build the
Government has an extensive on-going heritage programme that includes
the upgrading and declaration of historic sites to ensure a more
representative and inclusive South African history and heritage.
More importantly, this also contributes towards shared values and a common national identity in the country.
Furthermore, the building and maintenance of new monuments and historic
sites has a greater potential to stimulate economic activity and create
much needed jobs in communities where these sites are located. These
sites will also contribute towards cultural tourism both domestically
We will work together with the people of South Africa and the world to
ensure that we preserve and promote our rich cultural heritage.
We regard this work as central towards transformation, nation building,
national identity and building a socially cohesive South African
society that is non-racial, non-sexist, democratic, united and
The renaming of the Pretoria Management Area falls within that category of promoting a shared heritage.
Kgosi Mampuru was hanged on 22 Nov, 1883, here in Pretoria prison, which makes it fitting to name this area after him.
In the Book “Long Walk to Freedom”, President Mandela states
the following: “South Africa’s history includes many famous political
trials. There was the case of Mampuru, the rightful heir to the Bapedi
throne, who was executed for public violence and revolt and murder of
Sekhukhune in 1883 and who gave Commandant General P.J Joubert and his
burgers a lesson in mobile warfare…..”
The new name should create a general feeling of belonging, because it
captures our history and creates a context of relevance. We are pleased
therefore, to launch Freedom Month with such a historic event.
This renaming today also marks a historical milestone in our
correctional heritage. To be effective, and relevant, the field of
corrections, as well as its facilities, must talk to the history that
has gone before it, shaping it and drawing inspirations from it.
Compatriots, Let me also take this opportunity to especially commend the South
African people for the dignified manner in which name changes are taking
By and large, there has been an understanding and maturity about the
need to change the symbols and reflect the history of those who were
In a dignified manner, the streets in our capital city here in Pretoria
have been renamed after the heroes of the struggle for freedom, the
people who sacrificed much so that we could live together as one nation
in a non-racial society which prioritises human rights and the dignity
Indeed, we have come a long way as South Africans, and should be proud
of the strides we have made in building a new nation out of the
divisions of the past.
We may not see the achievements we have scored due to the daily struggles we are subjected to.
However, history will be able to say that this generation of South
Africans was able to look beyond hatred, anger and pain, to build a
united, non-sexist, non-racial and democratic South Africa.
On this Freedom Month, let us not lose sight of the achievements we have scored against tremendous odds.
The fact that we held our first democratic elections peacefully and
ushered in a new era, is a historic achievement that many in the world
still marvel at. We could have moved in another direction, and tore one
another apart in a racial war that would have turned our country into a
But we maturely chose peace, stability and progress. The month of April
should be used to reflect on such a momentous achievement.
We must reflect on the strides we have made in achieving the vision of a better life for all.
Undoubtedly much has changed since 1994 and there has been progress in
every sphere of society, but we are aware that more must still be done.
We must also remain mindful of the path to our future. The National
Development Plan (NDP) is our future roadmap. The plan outlines the type
of society we are striving for in 2030, where no one is hungry, where
everyone is able to go to school and further their studies, where work
is available, where everyone is making a contribution because each
person have been provided with what they need to live their full
However, Government alone cannot build such a society. The involvement
of all South Africans is critical to ensuring the successful
implementation of the NDP. Citizens must know their rights and
responsibilities and actively participate in building this country.
Leadership throughout society from communities, schools, businesses and
across the three spheres of government must drive the change to realise
Let me congratulate all South Africans on the achievement of freedom in
April 1994 and on what we have achieved together in this long journey
We will succeed if we continue working together in unity and kinship as one people.
I thank you.
Issued by: The Presidency
10 Apr 2013