Mabhida comes home

Canaan Mdletshe

Canaan Mdletshe

The process to repatriate the remains of political activist Moses Mabhida from Mozambique to South Africa has begun.

Mabhida's remains were exhumed yesterday at the Lhanguene Cemetery in Maputo.

Today a memorial service, to be attended by President Thabo Mbeki, ANC deputy president Jacob Zuma, KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sbu Ndebele and other politicians, will be held in Maputo.

Mabhida, who died in Mozambique in March 1986 from a heart attack, will be buried at his birth place in Pietermaritzburg, next Saturday.

He was one of the stalwarts of the ANC and of the Communist Party of South Africa.