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Calls to make History a compulsory subject are gaining momentum

By: Maano Nekhavhambe

The Premier of Limpopo Province Honourable Stanley Chupu Mathabatha reckons that a History subject must be made compulsory at all Schools’ across the country in order to educate pupils about their identities.

He was addressing the crowd who came in numbers to witness a historic event of the VhaVenda people during a novel launch of King Makhado Ramabulana, the Lion of the North, at Vhembe District Hall in Thohoyandou.

Rallying behind the same sentiments, Minister for Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa said in 2016 that, the department of Basic Education is in the process of ensuring history becomes compulsory in schools.

Mathabatha emphasised on the significance of pupils being informed about the heroics of anti-colonial icons like King Makhado.

“If you don’t know where you are coming from, nobody will respect you. If we don’t act on these concerns now, we’ll lose our identity and the struggles of heroes such as Makhado would be in vain.” Mathabatha said

In his Human Rights Day commemoration speech at King Williams Town, State President Honourable Jacob Zuma also called for support from the Department of Basic Education to make history a compulsory subject to all pupils. This was not the first call by the president, in 2015 President Zuma called on parents to support his campaign to have history compulsory.

If the call is supported and the policy is implemented, South African pupils will be afforded an opportunity to learn amongst other things the rich history of the VhaVenda people, King Ramabulana and more of the indigenous people which might be narrated in vernacular.

In response to the novel launch which is authored by Dr Mphaya Nemudzivhadi, VhaVenda King Khosi Khulu Toni Mphephu-Ramabulana has thanked Dr Nemudzivhadi for recognising his forefather’s by documenting and narrating their life story and contribution to the country.