Eastern Cape Arts and Culture department hosted the Ngquza Hill Commemoration

BY ASAVELA FEKEMA - JUNE 6, 2016

The Eastern Cape Department of Arts and Culture is on Monday hosting the Ngquza Hill Massacre commemoration in Lusikisiki.

The massacre is said to have started when thousands of people of the then east Pondoland - besides Ingquza Hill, between Bizana and Lusikisiki, gathered on June 6, 1960 to discuss the state of affairs under which they lived.

While the gathering was peaceful, the apartheid government sent in heavily armed policemen backed by helicopters. Although those at the gathering, reportedly held up a white flag to indicate they were unarmed and posed no threat, police immediately shot dead the supposed rebel leader Wanna Johnson.

In the resulting mayhem, eleven people were killed on the hill and around 58 injured.

Arts and Culture Deputy Minister, Rejoice Mabudafhasi, is expected at the commemoration.

“On the two respective days, Sunday and Monday, we will be hosting the Ngquza Hill Massacre, this year will be marking the 56th year since the political activists were gunned down,” said Andile Nduna, spokesperson for the department.

The Deputy Minister is expected to be accompanied by the Premier of the Eastern Cape, Phumulo Masualle and the Eastern Cape MEC of Arts and Culture, Pemmy Majodina.