QUNU MANDELA’S BURIAL PLACE
It is good that Madiba will be buried in Qunu his ancestral home.
Mandela’s father and his sons from his first marriage to Evelyn are buried there.
The burial will bring the world’s focus on the Ciskei and the Transkei.
Both Ciskei and Transkei were separated from South Africa during apartheid. Africans from the country were moved to these regions and the regions were cut out from South Africa. So in effect they were independent territories surrounded by South Africa, just as Lesotho, Botswana, and Swaziland are.
When the elections were to be held in 1994 the people of Ciskei and Transkei had the opportunity to remain independent territories separate from South Africa..
Instead the people of Ciskei and Transkei chose to be incorporated back into South Africa.
Ciskei and Transkei are home to the African National Congress leadership.
Bisho, Umtata, and Alice are within the regions. So is Fort Hare University.
The roads to Bisho, Umtata and Alice require investment and development. The two areas also need investment in housing, electricity and water.
Fort Hare was the only university for Africans, Coloureds, and Indians before apartheid and the Separate Universities Act. Many of Africa’s leadership attended Fort Hare University. It needs investment in departments such as Science, libraries, etc. so that it can keep pace with other universities in South Africa.
The Eastern Cape Province in which lie the Ciskei and Transkei is the home of Govan Mbeki, (Oom Gov.) (father of Thabo the former President of South Africa); of Raymond Mhlaba (Oom Ray) first Premier of the Eastern Cape; of Nelson Mandela. All three were prisoners on Robben Island.
It is my hope that international visitors to the Eastern Cape Province and to Ciskei and Transkei will assist with its development.