Justice Minister Ronald Lamola has returned the remains of the Cato Manor 9 - who were hanged in 1961 by the apartheid government - to their families.
The nine had taken part in the Cato Manor uprising on 24 January 1960 and were found guilty of killing nine police officers who had conducted raids in the community related to several apartheid offences.
The Cato Manor 9 are: Fanozi Mgubungu, Msayineke Daniel Khuzwayo, Sililo Miya, Payiyana Dladla, Mahemu Goqo, Maqandeni Lushozi, Thompson Chamane and Mhlawungeni Joe Khuzwayo and Thembinkosi Mthembu.
Joanne Joseph speaks to Eyewitness News reporter Nkosikhona Duma who attended the ceremony.
The families of the Cato Manor 9 expressed gratitude to the Department of Justice, they expressed honour and I saw some emotions there.— Nkosikhona Duma, Reporter - Eyewitness News
The event was marred by some controversies. Some of the younger family members bemoaned that they have not been taken care of.— Nkosikhona Duma, Reporter - Eyewitness News
They cited that there is a tendency to treat freedom fighters unfairly.— Nkosikhona Duma, Reporter - Eyewitness News
The youngest person that was hanged was 24-year-old Thembinkosi Mthembu. Others hanged were Fanozi Mgubungu, Msayineke Daniel Khuzwayo, Sililo Miya, Payiyana Dladla, Mahemu Goqo, Maqandeni Lushozi, Thompson Chamane and Mhlawungeni Joe Khuzwayo. @NkoRaphael pic.twitter.com/1Vw7mr2JY7— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) January 24, 2020
Listen to the full interview below...