Mother dies day after hearing activist son’s remains were found

2013-07-02 08:14

It is “sad and also satisfying” that their mother died a day after hearing her son’s remains would be handed over to the family, said the sister of an Umkhonto weSizwe activist who will be buried this weekend.

“I think our mother was waiting for the final words, the news excited her and she regrettably died as a result of having found closure in knowing that her son had been found,” said Nomathamsanqa Snuma, older sister to Nceba Snuma, one of the Molofo Three.

Following years of uncertainty, the reburial of four Soweto MK activists, including Nceba Snuma, will be held at the West Park cemetery in Joburg on Saturday.

The Snuma, Khumalo, Ngwenya and Mmutlane families will conduct joint burials on the day.

Nontyebo Snuma, younger sister to Nceba Snuma, said the funeral procession would start at 7.30am at the homes of individual families in Soweto and proceed to Naledi Hall at 8.30am.

Nceba Snuma was one of three MK members who was killed more than 23 years ago in Soweto.

The Mofolo Three were given zero-timed limpet mines to place on a railway line by askaris posing as MK members.

Snuma was killed in an explosion on July 27 1989, while Khumalo and Ngwenya were shot dead and their bodies burnt and dumped near Rustenburg when their limpets failed to explode.

The fourth activist to be reburied on Saturday is Matthews Mmutlane, who died in a two-day skirmish on September 11 and 12 1987 in Alldays, Limpopo.

Mmultlane and Solomon Malatjie were buried as unidentified paupers. In 1998 the TRC mistakenly exhumed and gave the remains of Mmutlane to the family of Malatjie.

The missing Person’s Task Team (MPTT) has retrieved the remains and identified them through DNA as those of Mmutlane. The search is still on for Malatjie’s remains.

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