Boipatong massacre remembered 24 years on

17 June 2016 - 14:43 By Neo Goba‚ TMG Digital


Families‚ friends and government officials gathered at the Vuka Cemetery in Sedibeng to place wreaths on the graves of victims during the 24th anniversary commemoration of the Boipatong massacre. The commemoration honoured the 39 people who were brutally killed in 1992 when residents of KwaMadala hostel near Vanderbijlpark attacked the Joe Slovo informal settlement community members on the eve of South Africa's democracy.Overshadowed: the 'invisible massacre' SA chose to forgetNo monuments and no justice for families of victims of notorious Swanieville killings 25 years ago Speaking on the sidelines at the cemetery on Friday‚ Gauteng MEC for Sport‚ Arts‚ Culture and Recreation Faith Mazibuko said she is still troubled by what transpired in Boipatong.“We are still saddened about the events that took place in 1992. As we all know‚ the massacres that happened happened as part of those attacks that were happening in our communities because people were rising up and fighting against apartheid‚” she said.“As we remember today‚ especially those that have fallen‚ we remember that some of them were actually killed whilst they were asleep in their own homes.”The MEC urged community members to find closure as part of building a strong nation."As part of our social cohesion‚ we need to find a way‚ we need to find closure of these events that took place and be able to build a South Africa that all of us will be proud of‚ a South Africa where we are able to say this is where we come from and this is where we are‚” added Mazibuko.According to a community member‚ who asked to remain anonymous‚ after the massacre - on June 18 1992 - former leader of the South African Communist Party Joe Slovo and now Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa visited the community.The pensioner said Ramaphosa accused then President FW De Klerk and the police of complicity in the massacre. Then‚ on June 19‚ religious figures Bishop Desmond Tutu and Ray McCauley visited the grieving families in Boipatong in a show of consolation.

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