13 February 2021

Freedom Park, a National Heritage Site,  and the Department of  Defense and Military Veterans,  will on Sunday, 14 February commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Matola Raid.The 14h February 1981 is the day in which the first 12 UMkhonto we Sizwe ( MK) cadres,  who were killed during the Matola Raid were buried. The 13th one died of the wounds sustained, three months later.

The objective of the commemoration is to enhance the commemoration of the 40th Anniversary of the Matola Raid, in a befitting manner; To foster cordial relations , between the peoples and governments, of the two countries.; To inform, educate and mobilise the stakeholders and the public, about the historic significance of the Matola Massacre; To enhance social cohesion, and nation building; to make the public aware that names of the heroes,  during Matola Raid ,are honoured at Freedom Park,  where they have been inscribed on the Wall of Names. 

Family members of the Matola raid victims, military veterans, government officials, civil society, media and relevant accounting officials, are expected to attend the commemoration event , that will  include a wreath laying ceremony at Freedom Park’s Wall of Names.

Speakers shall include the Minister of Sport Arts and Culture Mr Nathi Mthethwa , Mr Mbulelo Musi, Chief Director in the Department of Defence and Military Veterans, Minister of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, Deputy Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, General HE Simphiwe Nyanda and Freedom Park CEO Jane Mufamadi.

Members of the Media are invited as Follows:

Date: 14 February 2021

Time: 10h00

Venue: Freedom Park, Pretoria


Naomi Madima

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