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Minister Masutha to officially handover exhumed remains of 14 POQO Political Prisoners

08 February 2017

The Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Adv. Michael Masutha, will preside over the official handover ceremony of the exhumed human remains of 14 POQO political prisoners. The remains were exhumed in Pretoria on 14 December 2016 and 31 January 2017.

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. Of these, the remains of 61 political prisoners have already been exhumed. Members of the media are invited as follows: 

Date:      11 February 2017          
Time:      10H00
Venue:    Mputhi Village, Baziya (Eastern Cape)

For media confirmations contact Mr Kgomotso Makinta on 012 357 8707/073 281 9661 or or Ms Freedah Mlambo on 082 844 5242/

Issued by the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development

Mthunzi Mhaga
Spokesperson for the Ministry of Justice and Correctional Services