MK veterans to be exhumed, reburied

2012-07-11 14:41
Coffin (File, Shutterstock)

Coffin (File, Shutterstock)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg - The remains of two Umkhonto we Sizwe cadres will be exhumed for reburial in Mahikeng, the North West government said on Wednesday.

"The two formed part of a unit that crossed into South Africa from Botswana in 1978 and were killed [in] a skirmish with apartheid security forces," spokesperson Lesiba Kgwele said in a statement.

"Forensic experts had conducted DNA tests to determine the identities of the two as their remains were fragmented in an explosion. Their skeletal remains had mingled as they were squeezed into a single coffin."

Kgwele said locating the grave had not been easy because no records of their burial were kept.

North West Premier Thandi Modise, who would be part of the exhumation, said the reburial would allow closure for their families.

"We owe it to the memories of fallen heroes and heroines of our liberation struggle to recognise their sacrifices and heroic deeds..." she said in a statement.

"Their blood nourished the tree of liberty."

The reburial will take place in Mahikeng on Friday.
Read more on:    umkhonto we sizwe

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Meet instagram star, Pumpkin the racoon

With 300 000 followers and growing Pumpkin is winning over the internet!



The cats that cost R35 000
Miley Cyrus can’t get enough of her new puppy
13 guilty pets
Meet SA's top poacher-catcher

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts

Plant some seeds. Your innovative mind is on fire and your ingenious ideas may just be the seeds for future projects. You may more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.