Komani’s unique layout had a hexagon shape built for defensive purposes at the centre of the town. The shape was intended to provide refuge for the British residents in time of attack and has been home to the Sophia Mbilini Women’s memorial
On August 26 2016, the memorial was officially unveiled by the Eastern Cape Premier Phumulo Masualle and MEC for Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture Dr Pemmy Majodina.
The memorial this year will celebrate its first year of existence.
In part, it has the following engraved on it, “This memorial celebrates the 60th anniversary of the iconic women’s march to the Union Buildings on August 9 1956, and acknowledges the massive and selfless contribution of Eastern Cape Heroines to the struggle for National Liberation and attainment of a free and democratic South Africa.
Our freedom was not free, and our efforts were not in vain. WATHINT ‘ABAFAZI, WATHINT ‘IMBOKODO!”
The memorial that sits at the center of Komani screams of the strength and bravery that was displayed by Eastern Cape women and their contribution to the fight against apartheid. As the Hexagon historically stood as a place of refuge, the memorial being positioned in it symbolically stands to remind the people of Komani to protect, respect all women and the value of the strength of a woman Picture: SIMTEMBILE MGIDI