Fallen MK soldiers remembered

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Rustenburg - The ANC in Lethabong Ward 27 celebrated Heritage Day by laying wreaths at the graves of fallen Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK) soldiers.

"We remember the sacrifice they have made and their contribution to the struggle," said branch secretary Themba Mondlana.

He said the ANC wanted to teach youth about the history of Lethabong and its struggle.

Most of the streets in Lethabong had been named after fallen MK members to honour them for their contribution to the struggle.

The township had only four streets named after non-residents - Nelson Mandela, OR Tambo, Joe Slovo and Julius Malema.

One street was named after netball star Yvonne Phiri, who died in a car accident in 2006. She was the first netball player from Lethabong to be part of the national netball team.

Jacob Mophete Mpete Tolo, a former MK member, said he was happy the local branch of the ANC remembered the contribution of fallen members.

"This is a start. More needs to be done for our heroes. I am happy the ANC is trying to bring their dignity back."

He said three MK soldiers from Lethabong died in exile. One was buried along the Botswana border.

Tolo, who was known as Stone Mophete, said it was difficult to verify the names of those who had died.

"We used combat names to duck the enemy," he said.

He said tombstones needed to be erected at some of the graves.

"It hurts to see the condition of some of the graves. We appeal to business people to help us to erect tombstones."

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