The Eastern Cape Government will conduct a cleansing ceremony and commemorate the 26th Anniversary of Bhisho Massacre in Good News Christian Church, King Williams Town on Friday, 07 September 2018.
The commemoration will assist to educate the nation about the importance of preserving social memory, strengthen and deepen democracy and promote social justice for the victims both living and the departed. There will also be a cleansing ceremony for those people who lost their lives and their blood shed on that fateful day.
The Bhisho massacre occurred on 7 September 1992, where about 80 000 protesters gathered outside Bhisho signaling the opposition to Oupa Gqozo’s rule. The meeting was led by senior African National Congress (ANC) leaders including South African Communist Party Secretary General Chris Hani, Cyril Ramaphosa, Steve Tshwete and Ronnie Kasrils.
When Kasrils led a group trying to break through the Ciskei Defence Force lines to enter Bhisho, Ciskei Defence Force soldiers opened fire on the marchers with automatic weapons. Twenty-eight ANC supporters, one soldier were shot dead by the Ciskei Defence Force and injuring over 200 during a protest march when they attempted to enter Bisho to demand the reincorporation of Ciskei into South Africa during the final years of apartheid.
Government has since 2010 supported the annual commemorative event, resulting in the upgrading of the Bhisho Massacre Memorial that was unveiled in 2012, and a Visitor Information Centre. Most recently the Premier of the Eastern Cape, Hon Phumulo Masualle, met with the Bhisho massacre victims where they were updated on how government supports them through different initiatives such as repatriation, medical related support, housing, educational support for basic education for victim and their dependants.
The event will be commemorated in three phases, starting at Ginsberg Cemetery, thereafter to Bhisho Memorial Park and then Good News Church.
Members of the media are invited to attend the event as follows:
Wreath laying Wreath laying & Cleansing ceremony Main Programme
Date 07 September 2018 07 September 2018 07 September 2018
Time 09h00 10h00 11h00
Venue Ginsberg Cemetery Bhisho Memorial Park Good News Christian Church
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