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Thamsanqa Poto was one of the five MK members shot dead in an ambush by the security forces near Alldays, Limpompo on 3 August 1988 along with Messrs Sechaba Lawrance Lesimola, Sizakele Buzo (MK Perez Nomvelo( Fuzile Patrick Zigoxo (MK Marvin Kqasupane and Meschake Komsasa Nyathi. The five deceased were buried at the time of death as unidentified paupers at Tshikota cemetery in Louis Trichardt/ Makhado.

In 1998 the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) exhumed the remains of all five killed at Alldays but incorrectly identified them as another five members killed on the 28 March 1998 at Mutale River in former Venda.
The remains of all five MK members of the 3 August 1998 incident were recovered by the Missing Persons Task Team (MPTT) and were identified through the DNA.

The remains of Mrssrs Lesimola. Buzo and Zigoxo were already handed by the Department of Justice to the families for reburial in 2014.

Minister Masutha to deliver a keynote address at the reburial of Thamsanqa Poto

04 June 2015

The Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Adv. Michael Masutha, MP, will deliver a keynote address at the reburial of Thamsanqa Poto on Saturday 06 June 2015 at St Stevens’ Hall, New Brighten (Port Elizabeth).

Mr. Poto was buried as unidentified pauper at Tshikota Cemetery in Louis Trichard. His remains were recovered by the Missing Persons Task Team (MPTT) and identified through the DNA.

As part of implementing the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development officially handed over the exhumed remains of Thamsanqa Poto to his family on Friday, 29 May 2015 in Port Elizabeth.

Members of the media are invited to the reburial as follows:
Date: 06th June 2015
Time: 09h00
Venue: St Stevens Hall, New Brighten, Port Elizabeth, (Eastern Cape Province)

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

Issued by the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development

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