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dead cadres' clotHes for freedom park

By unknown | Jul 24, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Chester Makana

Chester Makana

The Freedom Park Trust has unveiled a plan to boost the image of the national museum by collecting clothes and artifacts that dead freedom fighters wore during the struggle against apartheid.

Heritage manager Ramsey Abrahams said the trust had received clothes belonging to deceased freedom fighters from the national prosecuting authority in an attempt to preserve important material that relates to the story of South Africa's struggle for freedom.

The clothes were discovered during the exhumation of the bodies of freedom fighters who were secretly buried by apartheid security forces.

The graves were discovered by the missing persons unit (MPU) - a NPA unit tasked with searching for such graves. The NPA handed the clothes over to the trust in Pretoria yesterday.

Abrahams said the clothes were donated through an agreement between the NPA and the families of the freedom fighters who, after their reburial, allowed the MPU to use their relatives' clothes as heritage material.

"These clothes connect the story of freedom in South Africa to the names of freedom fighters at the park and everything that Freedom Park does," Abrahams said.

He said the clothes would serve as a reminder of how South Africa's democracy was won. They would also boost the image of the park.


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