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Remains of Political Prisoners to be exhumed

12 December 2016

The Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Adv. Michael Masutha, will preside over the gallows exhumation project at the Rebecca Street cemetery in Pretoria West on 14 December 2016.

The project entails the exhumation 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. Of these, the remains of 47 political prisoners have already been exhumed.

Members of the media are invited as follows: 

Date:      14 December 2016          
Time:      13H00
Venue:    Rebecca Street Cemetery, Pretoria West

For media confirmations contact Mr Solomon Kganyago on 012 315 1298/083 499 8243 or or Mr Junior Kotu on 012 315 1729/079 192 9194 or

Issued by the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development  

Mthunzi Mhaga
Spokesperson for the Ministry of Justice and Correctional Services