Ex-MK member Mahlangu's remains exhumed

2011-06-15 18:03

Johannesburg - The remains of missing Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK) activist Patrick Mahlangu, who was killed by apartheid security police in 1986, was exhumed on Wednesday at the Soshanguve cemetery, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said.

"It was quite an emotional experience, as family members sat over the grave and prayed during the exhumation," spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga said.

"We managed to exhume his remains in the presence of his whole family - his wife and two brothers. They were pleased that finally he was located.

"In the grave, we found fragmented bones that were in plastic bags. What we found is consistent with the manner in which he was killed."

Twenty five years ago, Mahlangu was abducted, strangled to death and his body blown up by members of the then security police.

Black plastic bags containing human remains showing signs of massive trauma from an explosion, were located earlier this month by the task team in a grave allocated to a pauper in Soshanguve cemetery.

Blown up

Mahlangu was operating underground structures in Mamelodi at the time of his disappearance from his home on the night of March 18, 1986.

"...Men pretending to be MK cadres (askaris) took him away. During the TRC amnesty hearing by members of the Security Police and askaris, it was revealed that he was taken to a private farm Soutpan near Warmbaths (now Bela-Bela) where he was interrogated about his MK activities and assaulted," the NPA said.

MK was the military wing of the ANC.

A decision was taken that he should be killed as it was believed that the identity of certain informers or askaris had been exposed. He was then taken in a kombi to a railway line near Northam where he was strangled.

When they realised that he was still alive, one of them killed him by stepping on his throat. His body was then blown up next to the railway line to give the impression that he had accidentally blown himself up while trying to plant explosives on the railway line."

Proper burial

His highly fragmented remains were then subsequently found and reported to local police by members of the public. They were sent to Medunsa for forensic examination.

"Investigations indicate that these fragmented remains were then buried in a pauper's grave at Soshanguve Cemetery by Rambau's Undertakers.

"The NPA's Missing Persons Task Team have worked on finding his remains since 2005, and finally succeeded this month after several earlier unsuccessful excavations."

Mhaga said even though the NPA was confident that these was Mahlangu's remains, forensic tests would still be conducted to "be 100% sure".

Mahlangu's remains would then be handed over to his family for proper reburial.

Others present at Wednesday's exhumation included umkhonto We Sizwe Military Veterans Association members who assisted with digging up the grave.

  • thobsion.ANC - 2011-06-15 18:27

    Rest in Peace my comrade...I'm proud to let you know that we made it....yhear we ...killed the devil.

      Weeg - 2011-06-15 18:45

      You rather say rest in pieces. the man he been blown up. These men give problems to chinese in lesotho. Hate these men

      Nontokozo Nonti Mjole - 2013-05-14 23:23

      Thank u my cadre for the support...aluta continua

  • Vuyo's Wors - 2011-06-15 18:32

    I guess old Patrick would be very proud of the ANC in 2011....?

  • Eric West - 2011-06-15 18:34


  • Mlungu X - 2011-06-15 18:47

    What an absolutely terrible way to die...Hopefully this will help his family get some closure...I wonder if he was related to Solomon Mahlangu?

      Nontokozo Nonti Mjole - 2013-05-14 23:21

      No his nt related to solomon mahlangu bt he is the one hu recruited solomon mahlangu

      Ntokozo Eunice Mahlangu - 2013-05-15 13:11

      Oh sorry hey patric mahlangu and solomon mahlangu their parents are brothers and sister so yes they are related

  • Bennie - 2011-06-15 18:49

    Blown out of proportion?

  • Anonymus - 2011-06-15 18:57

    Who cares! He was just another terrorist who got what he deserved.

      thobsion.ANC - 2011-06-15 19:15

      You going to learn who is a terrorist between him and da "Boeremag".

      Gail - 2011-12-17 12:46

      Do you honestly believe that the people who did this to another human being were any better than dregs of humanity who were acting under orders of people who kept their noses clean? You are very warped indeed if you disagree. It was a war yes but to blow someones remains to smithereens was the act of cowards desperate to keep this a secret.

  • thobsion.ANC - 2011-06-15 19:00

    I forgave the devil, but I'll never forget....RIP once again Cde Mahlangu, may your soul rest in peace my brother.

      Nontokozo Nonti Mjole - 2013-05-14 23:15

      Thank u very much for ur support bt m in pain coz i never got a chance to see my grandfather with my own eyes

  • Oppressor - 2011-06-15 19:23

    He was killed by men pretending to be MK they were obviously black. What does blacks killing blacks have to do with Apartheid? Why is this news?Who actually cares?

      Gail - 2011-12-17 12:55

      These blacks had been turned by the apartheid machinery which was white. It is news because a family who lost someone in that war may finally have some closure. Many of the askaris were subsequently necklaced for what they had done which was equally barbaric sometimes by their own but also in part by the apartheid thugs. It is newsworthy because yesterday was a day of reconciliation. Those were confusing times with censorship and halftruths being told by both sides. Your comment is hardly conciliatory and could be compared to some of Juju's utterances.

  • MacTheBoer - 2011-06-15 19:28

    As he was involved in terrorist activities he got what he deserved.

  • Numsa - 2011-06-15 19:40

    malema for presidant he will make these ppl pay for injustices and all will know his great name soon

      Anonymus - 2011-06-15 20:00

      typical chip on the shoulder........

      Oppressor - 2011-06-15 20:43

      Malema is a fat little boy who is so scared of the mighty white man he has to have 10 bodyguards....

      Joe Donner - 2011-06-15 22:10

      Malema's "greatness" may well become a scourge for everyone in South Africa, including your good self. You may want to try and ponder the nasty possibilities if Malema, or someone like him, ever becomes president, and, God forbid, gains the support of some army general with his own vision of "greatness". Are you blind to the pattern followed by so many African countries? Years of civil war, bloodshed and abject misery. This is what South Africa could well be one day, and one day soon. Will that satisfy your lust for vengeance? When all "these ppl" have payed, who will pay next? Because for the Malemas of this world there must always be someone to point the finger at to foot the bill and to divert attention from their own failings and wrongdoings. To you apparently the undoing of everything Madiba stands for will surely be a cause for celebrating the "greatness" of Malema. I sincerely hope you never have cause for regretting what you said here.

      LieutenantBadger - 2011-09-23 23:39

      We all know his name, there is nothing great about vengence it has never worked and never will. P.S learn how to spell and use correct grammer, it sometimes makes you look smart even when you speak kak: presidant, LOL

  • Gail - 2011-12-17 12:33

    We wonder why there is such violence shown against farmers/boers in particular! Violence begets more violence and the trauma which those families have lived with for so many years festers in the hearts and mind. RIP all those who have never given up looking for the remains of their loved one who died for a principle. Let us never forget lest we repeat the same barbarism. Nothing can bring back this man who even in death had to be violated so that the truth could be perverted in a press which was subject to govt laws forbidding the truth be told and instead it would have been lauded that another stupid terrorist had blown himself up by the blind and the apathetic who either didn't want to know or were too apathetic to exercise their right to vote against the propoganda and terrible acts committed by a few against the many. May the consciences of those who committed this crime never find peace.

  • Ntokozo Eunice Mahlangu - 2013-06-16 07:26

    I'm proud to be a south african because of u...i will never divorce the revolutionary...

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