Were The Cradock Four a Sacrifice For South Africa's Democracy?
June 27, 1985 - It was on this day that activists Matthew Goniwe, Fort Calata, Sparrow Mkhonto and Sicelo Mhlauli paid the ultimate price at the hands of the apartheid government's security forces. The day that changed the lives of four families forever - a day that robbed Nomonde Calata, Nyameka Goniwe, Sindiswa Mkhonto and Nombuyiselo Mhlauli of their husbands - men who were fathers, brothers, and friends.
Over thirty years later, well-known South African journalist and author Lukhanyo Calata, son of the late Fort Calata, together with family members of Goniwe, Mkhonto and Mhlauli, approached the high court in Pretoria to seek justice for their fathers and bring those responsible to book, writes Esther Rose for AllAfrica.
Were The Cradock Four Sacrificed at Altar of Democracy in South Africa?
allAfrica, 22 September 2021
June 27, 1985. The day that changed the lives of four families forever – a day that robbed Nomonde Calata, Nyameka Goniwe, Sindiswa Mkhonto and Nombuyiselo Mhlauli of their… Read more »
A Renewed Commitment to TRC Cases
New Frame, 26 July 2021
The NPA and the Hawks are allocating people and resources to investigate apartheid-era crimes that have gone unpunished, but not everyone is altogether happy about it. Read more »
Apartheid Victim's Son Makes a Last Bid for Justice
New Frame, 26 July 2021
Lukhanyo Calata has resorted to the courts to compel the Hawks to finalise their investigation into the 1985 murders of his father Fort Calata, Matthew Goniwe, Sicelo Mhlauli and… Read more »
Cradock Four - High Court Application To Compel NPA to Prosecute or Not
Fort Calata Foundation, 20 July 2021
On 20 July 1985, South Africa saw one of its largest political funerals when Fort Calata, Matthew Goniwe, Sparrow Mkonto and Sicelo Mhlauli were buried in Cradock, in the Eastern… Read more »
The High Court in Pretoria has handed down judgment in the inquest into Ahmed Timol's death, ruling that the anti-Apartheid activist was pushed from the 10th floor of the John ... Read more »
Top: Cradock, democratic South Africa's flag, Bottom: Lukhanyo Calata's book, My Father Died for This, apartheid South African flag, Tuynhuys, the official residence of the president in Cape Town, where talks on removing the Cradock Four were held.