The Family of late Politician Collins Chabane have rejected the proposed visit by former President Jacob Zuma and the MK Party to his gravesite. Zuma is set to visit Limpopo on Friday, 19 January where he will also be campaigning for uMkhonto we Sizwe.

The 81-year-old is scheduled to visit Giyani taxi rank before proceeding to Muyexe village in Malamulele.

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In a pamphlet making rounds on social media, the former president is also planning to visit the Thohoyandou area. To mobilise for the party. In a statement issued on Wednesday, the Foundation said they have not issued the organization permission to visit the graveyard.

“The family is opposed to the envisaged visit as insensitive and trampling on the spirit of their loved son, brother, uncle, husband and father,” read the statement.

“They have started, they are here, and everywhere, scouring graves, opening wounds and awakening resting souls. They are looking for votes and to resuscitate broken careers. It was Moses Mabhida, then General Dambuza and now Collins Chabane. When will it end?

“Since the release of the pamphlet, purported to be issued by an organization calling itself Umkhonto We Sizwe Party, announcing its intended visit to Gen Dambuza and Collins Chabane’s graves the family of Collins Chabane and the Collins Chabane Foundation have been inundated with calls expressing shock and revulsion at this un-African practice and revision of history.”

  Collins Chabane's family rejects Jacob Zuma's visit to his gravesite
The late Collins Chabane


“The Foundation would like to make it very clear that Collins Chabane’s family, the Mhinga Royal House and the foundation have not given the purported organization permission to visit the family graveyard, where the late Collins Chabane has been laid to rest. Collins Chabane was not a coward. He enlisted as a soldier of Umkhonto We Sizwe to fight for his land, country and people without regard for personal harm nor benefit. He also made his views known without saying much and lived and died as a member of the ANC.

“[Chabane] was quiet and disciplined, committed and dependable and was humble and hated self-promotion. He rejected careerism and selling out no matter how difficult the sacrifice required of him. Let no one change his commitment to the liberation struggle. The transformation of our country and the unity of the struggling people led by the Congress Movement. His final resting place is a family property that is sacrosanct to the entire Mhinga clan. The family expects no one at their graveyard on the said date. Let no one trample upon his soul and name for entrepreneurial political purposes.

To the Congress Movement, led by the African National Congress and Umkhonto We Sizwe Military Veterans, the family expects you to protect and honour Collins’s name. All the heroes of the struggle against the exploitation of their sacrifices in pursuit of personal ambitions and division of the people.”