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'I hope remains are my husband's'

By unknown | Jul 19, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Vuyolwethu Sangotsha

Vuyolwethu Sangotsha

Nosiseko Galela, widow of one of the Pebco Three, wishes there was no doubt that the bones they were shown were those of her slain activist husband.

The Pebco Three - Sipho Hashe, Qaqawuli Godolozi and Champion Galela - were allegedly kidnapped by the security police at the Port Elizabeth airport in 1985 and later murdered on a farm.

After she was shown the skeletal remains, discovered by the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) on a farm in Cradock, Galela, 66, said she wished that the bones were "certainly" those of her husband.

"This is very touching. We went there and saw the bones. I wish that my husband's remains are certainly there," she said.

She said not knowing where her husband was buried, had been very painful to her and her children. Following the shocking news, Galela's brother, Edward, who suffers from cancer and diabetes, was admitted to hospital.

Speaking from her Port Elizabeth home yesterday, Galela said it had been the family's wish to bury her husband's remains with dignity. Though Galela was still in the dark as to whether her husband's remains were among those discovered by the NPA, she said she was confident that the bones belonged to political activists.

"Niewoudt - a security policeman at the time - said that they had killed political activists in that area," said Galela.

She said the discovery had left her traumatised. Asked whether the family had received counselling, Galela said they were still waiting for the NPA to organise it.

The NPA also took the families of other slain United Democratic Front activists to where the bones were discovered.

When contacted for comment, the family of Qaqawuli Godolozi said they were not prepared to talk to media until the matter had been finalised.

Attempts to get comment from Sipho Hashe's family were unsuccessful.


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