Durban - The Mitchell Park trust have unveiled the bronze busts of Nelson Mandela and King Goodwill Zwelithini as well as the Sivananda Peace Pillar on Thursday.
This was part of the heritage day celebrations. The project is the initiative of philanthropist, humanitarian and businessman Ishwar Ramlutchman.
According to Ramlutchman, the monument will serve as a symbol of reconciliation, tolerance and will also highlight the heritage of the pioneers, the courage and commitment of the freedom fighters, the wisdom, passion and determination of the visionaries of a non – racial and a democratic South Africa.
The bronze busts of King Zwelithini and Mandela is the first ever to be installed in a public place globally together highlighting their contribution towards peace and stability in South Africa .
“I am delighted that Ishwar Ramlutchman Mabheka Zulu has installed the Sivananda Peace Pillar and a Bronze Bust of Myself in Honour of the Monarch and the Zulu Nation," said King Zwelithini.
"Over the years we have witnessed several monuments being built in honour of my people. As you know last year marked the 200th year of the founding of the Zulu Nation by King Shaka and 46 years of my reign as the Monarch. It is befitting as Ishwar Ramlutchman Mabheka Zulu has honoured the Monarch and the Zulu Nation by this Historic Monument. We salute Ramlutchman for having the vision to serve mankind in all spheres of life in KwaZulu-Natal," he said.