Victoria Mxenge - Life Size
Victoria Mxenge, (1942 - 1985)
The sculptors decided to make her with an open and welcoming stance - as the monument will be ercted in front of their house ( declared a public monument by the government).
Client: Vusi Mchunu - House of Memories.
(1 January 1942, King William's Town, Eastern Cape - 1 August 1985 Umlazi, Durban, Natal) was a South African anti-apartheid activist. Trained as a nurse and midwife, she began practising law.
She became more politically active after her husband Griffiths, who had been banned earlier and detained by the National Party government, was murdered by Apartheid government agents led by Dirk Coetzee in Umlazi township south of Durban.
A prominent member of the United Democratic Front and the Natal Organisation of Women, she was part of the defence team for the UDF and Natal Indian Congress during the Pietermaritzburg Treason Trial. She was assassinated shortly before the trial. Her funeral was attended by 10,000 people, and letters of condolence were received from Nelson Mandela and Oliver Tambo amongst others. Her murderers appeared before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission