A new monument has been built at Lobatla village near Zeerust in North West to honour several of the country’s struggle stalwarts who received military training across South Africa’s borders.

The village was also used as a hideout for activists planning to cross the border to Botswana, to receive military training.

They included former president Nelson Mandela, Moses Kotane and Thabo Mbeki. The North West Department of Arts and Culture says this is an initiative to preserve and celebrate the country’s history.

Assistant Director for the Provincial Museums and Heritage Sub-Directorate Gilbert Setshogo says, “We call it nine walls of remembrance. The aim is actually to recognise, to acknowledge and honour the liberation struggle icons, those who crossed the boarders in the North West to Botswana just to go and join the military so that they can come back and liberate South Africa from the apartheid system.”

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