The Eastern Cape Government in partnership with the Buffalo City Municipality will commemorate the Provincial Humans Rights Day and honour human rights activists on 18 March 2018 in Rhayi Village, King Williams Town. The country has earmarked this year, the celebrations of 100th anniversary of the birth of two of the greatest leaders, President Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela and Mama Nontsikelelo Albertina Sisulu. It is within this broader theme that the Province also celebrates local icons who had fought gallantly for restoration of human rights and dignity of all South Africans, black and white.
Griffiths and Nonyamezelo Victoria Mxenge were lawyers for human rights and political activists who were executed by the apartheid government for their active participation in the struggle for national liberation.
Victoria Nonyamezelo and Griffiths Mxenge paid the supreme price for defending the rights of oppressed South Africans to exist in conditions of freedom, justice, peace and democracy. As husband and wife, they forfeited family life in pursuit of the broader family of humanity, united under non-racialism, non-sexism and justice for all South Africans. Their brutal killings at the hands of heartless mercenaries and assassins galvanised oppressed South Africans into vigorous actions to bring about liberation in South Africa.
Mr. and Mrs. Mxenge are buried next to each other in Rayi Cemetery near King William’s Town.
Minister for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Dr Zweli Mkhize and Premier of the Eastern Cape, Mr Phumulo Masualle are amongst the guests that are expected to attend the event.
The democratic government declared 21 March as Human Rights Day to remind South Africans about the sacrifices that accompanied the struggle for liberation and to celebrate the achievement of democracy in South Africa.
Human Rights Day reminds us of the suffering and loss of life that accompanied the most recent struggle for human rights in South Africa, but it also highlights the slavery of the Colonial era. It is why we must also ensure that modern forms of slavery such as human trafficking, child and forced labour are addressed and eradicated.
Members of the media are invited to attend the event and it will conducted in three phases:
| ||Wreath Laying Ceremony||Church Service||Main Programme|
|Date ||18 March 2018||18 March 2018||18 March 2018|
|Time||08h30 – 09h00||09h00 – 10h00||10H00 -13h30|
|Venue||Gravesite, Rhayi Location||Rhayi Location||Rhayi Location|