Durban - The Stanger Regional Hospital on the north coast of KwaZulu-Natal was officially renamed after struggle stalwart General Justice "Gizenga" Mpanza on Thursday in Groutville.
“We are happy to have finally reached such a milestone in restoring the history of a liberated KwaDukuza, just two days before the official commemoration of 25 years of our freedom as a nation," said KwaDukuza Local Municipality mayor Ricardo Mthembu in an emailed statement.
He described the late Mpanza as "a gallant Umkhonto weSizwe army general who was part of a generation that was imprisoned on Robben Island for 15 years. As a selfless leader he stood for free and better health systems, education, social justice, equality and just land restitution".
By renaming the hospital, a "distorted history" had been righted, said Mthembu.
He said Gizenga stood for "most of the things" that the South African constitution prescribed and was the first ANC leader to launch a branch when it was not popular to do so.