Families receive activists’ remains

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The remains of seven anti-apartheid Struggle heroes from the Eastern Cape have been exhumed and identified and will be reburied in their ancestral homes on Saturday 10 November, the Department of Military Veterans (DMV) has said.

The United Democratic Front (UDF) activists were sentenced to death and hanged at Kgosi Mampuru Prison, formerly Pretoria Central, between 1987 and 1989. Six remains will be reburied at Kwa-Zakhele, Port Elizabeth, on Saturday and one was to be interred today at the Jansenville Town Hall.

The prisoners whose remains will be reburied are Tshepo Letsoare, Benjamin Gxothiwe, Lungile Rewu, Sipho Mahala, Thobile Lloyd, Zwelidumile Mjekula and Raymond Gwebushe. Their bodies were exhumed for forensic tests and their identities were confirmed. The remains were then handed to their families for reburial during a moving day-long ceremony in Nangoza Jebe Hall in New Brighton, Port Elizabeth, on 6 November.

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