The National Heroes Acre, our revered shrine, is the pride of the people of Zimbabwe. It is a symbol of bravery and selflessness for those whose remains are laid to rest there. Towering majestically is the Tomb of the Unknown soldier which symbolises the final resting place for tens of thousands of Zimbabweans who sacrificed their lives for the sake of our freedom and independence, but whose remains are scatered in the valleys, disused mines, caves, unknown graves and mass graves spread accross the nation and neighbouring states.
Cde Silundika was born in Plumtree in 1929. "TG" as he was popularly known in political circles died when he suffered a stroke while working in his ministerial office.Cde Silundika was Minister of Roads, Road Traffic, Post and Telecommunications and a member of ZAPU's Central Committee at the time of death on April 9, 1981. He was buried at Heroes Acre on April 1981.
Cde Silundika became politically conscious and active from very early days. He was expelled from Fort Hare College in South Africa in 1951, because of his revolutionary activities as a student. A year later, he was deported from East London in South Africa, and sent back to Rhodesia. Back home he began organizing protests and leading demonstrations in Highfield, Harare. He became an executive member of the ANC, NDP and ZAPU before they were banned.In 1963, he was sent to Lusaka to direct the first stages of the armed struggle and there he built and strengthened ZIPRA. He also sought the unification of ZANLA and ZIPRA as well as ZANU and ZAPU in order to promote greater unity of purpose and action.
Cde Silundika returned home after the Lancaster House Conference and was elected a ZAPU MP for Matebeleland South, and became a Minister. He suffered a stroke while he was working in office on April 9, 1981.