The Eastern Government led by Premier Lubabalo Oscar Mabuyane will commemorate the 59th Anniversary of the Ingquza Hill Massacre on Thursday, 06 June 2019 in Flagstaff. 
 
The commemoration is in memory of all amaMpondo people that lost their lives and loved ones during and in the aftermath of the 1960 Mpondo Revolt. The event is also a day to recognise and acknowledge the role played by amaMpondo in the struggle for freedom and liberation.  
 
During the commemoration, Premier Mabuyane will address issues of social cohesion in rural communities following reports of violence in a number of rural villages and urban communities in the province.  
 
The Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture (DSRAC) has built a memorial to pay homage to the icons that were massacred by the apartheid government. Remains of about 23 locals that were executed in the Pretoria Gallows in 1964 for their participation in uprisings in the early 1960s were repatriated and reburied in the Ngquza Hill municipal area.  
 
The commemoration kick started with two build-up activities that were held from 1st to 2nd June 2019, the Celebration of World Book Day, National Book Day and Sport Day. About 90 learners selected from all Local Municipalities in the O.R. Tambo District participated were competing in Spelling Bee, General knowledge, Storytelling, Scrabble, Book Review, Finger spelling and Braille 
Enq: S Ngaba                   Tel: 071 403 5294              Fax: 086 540 1567             Email: Sivuyile.Ngaba@ecsrac.gov.za 
 
  
reading [Deaf community]. Four Sport and Recreation hubs were competing in soccer, netball and indigenous games.    
 
BACKGROUND ABOUT INGQUZA HILL MASSACRE   Ngquza Hill Massacre occurred on 6 June 1960, on the Ngquza Hill near Flagstaff and Lusikisiki in the then Eastern Pondoland (today part of Eastern Cape).  
After years of dissatisfaction and opposition to the application of the Apartheid government's Land Rehabilitation Programme/Betterment Scheme; the use of chiefs by the apartheid state; and the Bantu Authorities Act of 1951 which meant that Transkei would gain independence, a group of amaMpondo men and women gathered at Ngquza Hill to attend a meeting by iKongo (congress), a movement formed to fight for the rights of amaMpondo in Eastern Pondoland. The peaceful gathering was met with a violent response from the state.  
Two military aircraft bombarded the villagers with teargas and smoke bombs, while armed policemen surrounded the crowd. Eleven people died, 58 were injured and twenty three people arrested. 
The commemoration will start off with a 5km and 10km race.   
 
Members of the media are invited to attend the event as follows:  
Date : Thursday, 06 June 2018 Time  : 10h00 Venue : Ngquza Hill Memorial Site, Flagstaff  
 
For RSVP, contact: 
 
Mr Sivuyile Ngaba  Cell: 071 403 5294 Email: sivuyile.ngaba@ecsrac.gov.za  
Enq: S Ngaba                   Tel: 071 403 5294              Fax: 086 540 1567             Email: Sivuyile.Ngaba@ecsrac.gov.za 
 
  
For media queries, contact: 
 
Mr Andile Nduna Cell: 071 411 4820 Email: Andile.Nduna@ecsrac.gov.za