The Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture (DSRAC) MEC Dr.(h.c) Pemmy Majodina and delegation will return home with remains of Pascal Macamba today, 04 September 2017 at the East London Airport. Pascal Mlamli Macamba was a political activist who died in exile in March 1982. He was born in East London, South Africa on 30 March 1957. He left the country at a tender age of 23 years, fearing for his life after the student boycotts at Fort Hare University and the then South African National Defence Force (SANDF) and the Ciskei police threaten to jail him for his political persuasions.
He joined Umkhonto weSizwe in Lesotho, where he was with other activists such as Headman Makonco and Bandile Ngcelwane. Later on he was taken to Angola with other activists for further military training at Hoji Ya Henda Camp (Camalundi), where he was known as de guerre “Khawuleza Ndawo”. In Angola he joined other local activists such as Mlungisi “Bazooka” Tshona.
In 1982, Macamba joined the Group of 40 (Special Platoon) that went for further training in the German Democratic Republic. Macamba became ill whilst undergoing training in Germany, and it was discovered that he suffered from malaria he contracted whilst in Angola, and eventually passed on in March 1982. His remains were repatriated for burial in Angola, and his grave is in Mulemba in Luanda.
The repatriation programme is informed by the Eastern Cape Provincial Policy on Exhumation, Repatriation and Reburial of Remains of Victims of Conflict (2013) which is informed by the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission that advocated symbolic reparation to ensure families of victims begin healing and finally find closure through programmes of this nature and magnitude.
The exhumation and repatriation of the remains is thus another attempt to promote reconciliation, unity, justice, nation building and social cohesion.
The delegation is scheduled to land at the East London Airport this evening at 19:05 where a welcoming ceremony will be conducted. As part of this ceremony the Hon MEC will officially hand over the remains of Mr Macamba to his family.
The reburial will be on the 9th September 2017, at Braelyn Hall and reburial at Cambridge Cemetery, East London.
The video of the repatriation and exhumation may be viewed on the Departments website, please find link below:
Members of the media are invited to attend as follows:
Date : Monday, 04 September 2017
Time : 19h05
Venue : East London Airport
For RSVP, contact:
Mr Sivuyile Ngaba
Cell: 071 403 5294
For media queries, contact:
Mr Andile Nduna
Cell: 071 411 4820