12 May Elliot Four Monument launch
On April 11th, the Elliot Four memorial will be unveiled by President Jacob Zuma with the families of the victims at Elliot in the Eastern Cape from 10h00. This honour is incorporated by the National Heritage Council as part of the Liberation Heritage Route initiative which traces and recognises the historical events, places and people associated with the liberation struggle of South Africa around the world.
This initiative is coordinated by Chris Hani District Municipality in partnership with the National Heritage Council (NHC), the Sakhisizwe Local Municipality and Provincial Government of the Eastern Cape.
The Elliot Four monument site is where a battle between Umkhonto Wesizwe cadres, some of whom were from the now Gauteng Province and the apartheid security forces took place in 1981. The four who died are Kalipha Livingstone Senzangabom, Anthony Sureboy Dali, Thabiso Isaac Rakobo, Joseph Lesetja Sexwale. The only survivor still alive, Junior Saliwa, will tell the story at the unveiling.
The erection of this monument will provide an opportunity to memorialize the heroic legacy left behind by these gallant fighters who displayed deep commitment to liberate their people from the yoke of apartheid colonialism.