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By unknown | May 21, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Vuyolwethu Sangotsha

Looksmart Ngudle, pictured, finally returned home on Saturday.

It was an emotional and long-overdue return for his family - 43 three years to be exact. Ngudle, an uMkhonto weSizwe (MK) founder member in Western Cape, was killed in 1963. On Saturday his remains were reburied at his home at eMabheleni near King William's Town. Ngudle was born in 1922.

Speaking during the reburial, Deputy Defence Minister and ANC chairman of the Amathole region, Mluleki George warned that the hard-won freedom would be lost if people did not protect it.

"If we are not careful, it can be lost. We must make sure that we do not lose it. Some people even questioned our ability to run the country's economy. Look where we are today, the economy is growing," George said.

Archie Sibeko, who worked closely with Ngudle in MK, described him as a humble person who was always willing to listen to others and give his honest opinion.

Ngudle's son, Siyanda, said the family was pleased he had finally been reburied at home. Although he did not know his father because he died when he was very young, Siyanda was glad his father had sacrificed his life for a good cause.

Ngudle and other MK cadres from Cape Town were detained soon after the introduction of the 90-day detention law in 1963. They were taken to Pretoria where they were interrogated and tortured by the security police.

On the morning of September 5 1963, Ngudle was found hanged in his cell at Pretoria North police station. The state buried him without informing his family. An inquest concluded his death was the result of suicide.

For years the Ngudle family tried to locate his remains. The National Prosecuting Authority finally traced his remains to a pauper's grave at Mamelodi Cemetery. The remains were exhumed on March 1. DNA tests at the University of the Western Cape positively identified Ngudle's remains.


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