MINISTER of Justice Michael Masutha yesterday launched a project to exhume the remains of political prisoners who were hanged during apartheid.

Speaking at the gallows at Kgosi Mampuru II Correctional Centre in Tshwane, Masutha said: “It was a long walk to visit the gallows. This launch is about human rights and the dignity of people buried here.”


About 130 political prisoners were hanged at the prison.

The department plans to exhume the bodies of 83 prisoners still in unidentified graves. The remains of at least 47 others have already been

The minister said the families of the victims had already been shown where the bodies of their loved ones were buried. “In 2011, members of the families of the hanged political prisoners were brought to Tshwane by the department to see the gallows where their loved ones were hanged,” said Masutha.

He said the prisoners were mainly members of the PAC and the UDF. Their remains would be handed over to their families once they had been positively identified.

The launch was attended by PAC president Luthando Mbinda, acting CEO of Freedom Park Jane Mufamadi, national commissioner of correctional services Zach Modise and Thapelo Mokushane of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Mbinda said:“I’m very grateful the department didn’t forget about the brutal killing of our people and the role they played.”

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