The book launch of the autobiography of Ishwar Ramlutchman Mabheka Zulu was held at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Umhlanga, recently, where tributes poured in abundance over the phenomenal work that Mabheka Zulu has done over the years.The book was written by esteemed professor, Jabulani Maphalala.
Among the high-profile dignitaries and special guests in attendance was Queen Nompumulelo Zulu of Enyokeni, premier of KwaZulu-Natal, Nomusa Dube Ncube, deputy minister of health, Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo, KZN MEC for co-operative governance and traditional affairs, Bongi Sithole-Moloi, consul of the Republic of India in Durban, Prem Sagar Kesarapu, Velenkosini Hlabisa MPL, president of the IFP, mayor of King Cetshwayo District Municipality, Cllr AT Ntuli, Mathabo Kunene, executive managing trustee of the Mazisi Kunene Museum, and Ela Gandhi of the Phoenix Settlement Trust and the Gandhi Development Trust.
Every speaker shared the same sentiment on the incredible life that Mabheka Zulu has lived thus far and how he continues to break barriers concerning race, especially being the only Indian to be adopted into the Zulu Royal family.
He has fought against injustices, not for specific races, but for all. Mabheka Zulu continues to play an integral role in the fight for peace and unity among the people in South Africa.
Prof Maphalala said, “Mr Ishwar Ramlutchman Mabheka Zulu has taken charge of his destiny and is doing what he believes must be done. He has not waited for luck in business or a calling to philanthropy. Instead, he has worked hard to become the man his faith calls him to be. I am proud to know him.
”The launch was an overall success and ended on a high with a clear message from Premier Ncube.
She said, “It is amazing to remain humble and graceful despite your lofty achievements. We are also grateful to Professor Jabulani Maphalala for his excellent research on Mabheka Zulu, your story is not just one of individual achievement, but rather a testament to the power of collective action and the importance of working together to make the world a better place.”