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Minister Masutha to officially handover exhumed remains of 12 UDF Political Prisoners

02 November 2017

The Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Adv. Michael Masutha, will preside over the official handover ceremony of the exhumed human remains of 12 United Democratic Front (UDF) political prisoners in Port Elizabeth (Eastern Cape) on Monday, 06 November 2017.

All twelve UDF members were hanged at the Kgosi Mampuru gallows for incidents that took place during the period of intense political turmoil in the Eastern Cape between1985 and 1986. The handover is part of the gallows project which entails the exhumation, handover and reburial of the remains of 83 political prisoners who were hanged at the Kgosi Mampuru gallows and buried in unmarked graves. A total of 130 political prisoners were hanged at the gallows between 1960 and 1990.

Members of the media are invited as follows:
Date: 06 November 2017
Time: 11:00am
Venue: Ngangoza Jebe Hall, New Brighton- Port Elizabeth

For media confirmations contact Mr Kgomotso Makinta on 073 281 9661/ Kmakinta@justice.gov.za

Issued by the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development

Enquiries: Mthunzi Mhaga
Spokesperson for the Ministry of Justice and Correctional Services
0836418141
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