Minister Nathi Mthethwa to lead 50th Anniversary of the hanging of Vuyisilie Mini et al

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04 Nov 2014

The Minister of Arts & Culture, Mr Nathi Mthethwa will lead the 50th anniversary commemoration of the brutal hanging of Umkhonto We Sizwe commander, Vuyisile Mini.

This will be held at the Kgosimampuru Correctional Service on Thursday, 6 November from 05h30 am.

Minister Mthethwa said the event was part of the celebrations of 20 years of freedom.

“Few will deny that Mini was a selfless and dedicated comrade who paid the ultimate price for us to enjoy democracy and freedom today.

“As we celebrate the 20th anniversary, we should remind ourselves to retell the story of his courageous action that has helped to move South Africa forward.

“It is only now with hindsight that Mini’s ideas have become very clear and are rightly captured and reflected in our constitution and all other documents that espouse a free and just society,” said Mthethwa.

Vuyisile Mini was a trade union activist, Communist Party member and an Umkhonto We Sizwe regional commander in the Cape Province. He was brutally executed by the apartheid region on 6 November 1964 in Pretoria Central prison together with his comrades, Wilson Khayingo and Zinakile Mkaba.

Significantly, after the advent of democracy in 1994, the Mandela Bay Municipality exhumed the bodies of the three freedom fighters and reburied them in Port Elizabeth, e-Mlotheni, the area where they were active in their political activities and meetings.

The reburial symbolized the continuation of their selfless commitment to the attainment of democracy and freedom in South Africa. 

In a significant development, the Ray Alexander Simons Memory Centre in Gugulethu, Western Cape has put together a special theatrical production to highlight and narrate the story of Mini and his comrade.

Thus their last steps will be re-enacted by three cast members who will move out of the same cell which was occupied by these comrades, at the same time and walk the same walk up to the gallows and sing the song of Vuyisile Mini before the was hanged.

In fact, Ray Alexander Simons worked very closely with Vuyisile Mini during the days of SACTU and the South African Communist Party.

The event will take place as follows:

Date            : 06 November 2014 

Time           : 05h30

Venue         : Kgosimampuru Correctional Service, Pretoria

RSVPs          : Madimetja Moleba 072 842 6594/ madimetjam@dac.gov.za

For further details call Spokesperson for the Minister of Arts & Culture, Sandile Memela at 0828003750.