ANC veterans came together in Nelson Mandela Bay yesterday to commemorate the party’s heroes who died while fighting apartheid.
Those remembered included Zinakile Mkaba, Vuyisile Mini, Wilson Khayingo and those who died in the 1982 Maseru Massacre.
More than 250 friends, family and veterans took part in wreath – laying ceremonies in Gelvandale and New Brighton.
The first was held at Papenkuil Cemetery, Stanford Road, where they commemorated the Maseru raids.
The other was at the Emlotheni Memorial Park in New Brighton where they commemorated Mkaba, Mini and Khayingo.
ANC veteran Nondwe Mankahla said the events were to highlight the struggles she and her fallen comrades had faced in the fight for freedom.
“We fought hard for the freedoms many of our younger comrades enjoy today. It was fitting to have the family members of our fallen comrades in attendance,” she said.
Nomsa Ngcwayi, whose grandfather Mkaba was one of the first people hanged by the regime in 1964, said the event was important to show those who died had not been forgotten.
Mini and Khayingo were executed alongside Mkaba at the Pretoria Central Prison.
“It is important to show that they are not forgotten. Even though they are not here to see the fruits of what they did, they must know they are appreciated,” Ngcwayi said.