ANC apologises to fallen comrade

2013-06-18 09:56
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Johannesburg - The ANC has apologised to Kanyamane Ranyaoa for believing he was a traitor who had sold out his comrades to the apartheid government, The Star reported on Tuesday.

The apology was issued on Saturday when Ranyaoa's remains were buried.

What finally cleared his name was dogged detective work and forensic science, according to the report.

Ranyaoa's was one of 10 bodies handed over to their families by the Missing Persons Task Team (MPTT) at Freedom Park in Pretoria on Friday.

The African National Congress had reportedly believed Ranyaoa was responsible for the deaths of at least two of his comrades and that he later became an askari, taking part in a raid against the party in Botswana.

But Ranyaoa's family never believed he was a traitor and, for a quarter of a century, fought to clear his name.

A forensic examination of his bones revealed Ranyaoa had sustained his injuries in battle.

The MPTT said: "The MPTT established without doubt through photographs, dockets, and DNA that Ranyaoa died heroically in combat and never became an askari."

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