Metal theft: freedom heroine laid low by crime

2011-01-29 00:00

The statue of freedom fighter Nokuthula Simelane that was broken off its stand and stolen in Bethal near Middelburg, Mpumalanga, recently lies in a bakkie after it was recovered. The statue was erected in 2009, 26 years after Simelane’s death. Simelane was a member of Mkhonto weSizwe and a student at the University of Swaziland when, at the age of 23, she was sent on a mission to South Africa and lured into a trap by Soweto-based police intelligence officers. She was tortured and killed. Two men aged 18 and 25 have been arrested and appeared in court charged with the theft of the statue.

RIGHT: Only a foot remained in place after metal thieves had pulled the statue down.

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