The story of the Cradock Four political activists who were murdered by the apartheid forces 34 years ago will receive a memorial that is seen as one of the best landmarks of liberation heritage in South Africa. This pristine garden of remembrance will be officially unveiled in Cradock by the Minister of Tourism to celebrate Human Rights Day on 21 March 2019 from 10h00 to 14h30.
The unveiling will be preceded by a fundraising dinner on 20 March 2019 at 17h30 hosted by the Cradock Four Trust. The main guests of the evening will be Mr Derek Hanekom, Minister of Tourism, Mr Oscar Mabuyane and Mr Phumulo Masualle – the MEC and Premier of the Eastern Cape Province as well as the families of the four heroes that are celebrated.
Adv Sonwabile Mancotywa, CEO of the National Heritage Council of South Africa says, “We welcome this new addition to the heritage property estate. It is a clear illustration that liberation heritage has the potential to elevate tourism into an economic hub and a place of social memory for the country.”
The Cradock Four is a garden of remembrance, a memorial in Cradock’s Lingelihle township. It consists of four tall concrete pillars, erected to honour four anti-apartheid activists assassinated by the secret police in 1985.
The four men were Matthew Goniwe and Fort Calata, both school teachers and activists, Sparrow Mkonto a railway worker and unionist, and Sicelo Mhlauli, a childhood friend of Matthew Goniwe who was with them simply to catch up with his friend.