MEC must answer for neglect of Cradock Four memorial site: DA

APRIL 21, 2015

The Democratic Alliance (DA) in Eastern Cape says it has submitted formal questions to Bhisho about the neglected state of the memorial in honour of the famous Cradock Four. The memorial greets travellers as they approach Cradock along the N10 from Bedford.

Matthew Goniwe, Fort Calata, Sparrow Mkhonto and Sicelo Mhlauli, four anti-apartheid activists assassinated by the South African Secret Police during the height of apartheid in 1985.

"I have received various complaints regarding the worrying state of vandalism at the memorial. I visited the memorial last week and was saddened by the state of neglect," Kobus Botha, the DA's Eastern Cape Midlands constituency leader.

"One needs to question what the ANC government is going to do about the bad state of this national asset.

"I have requested my colleague, DA shadow MEC for Arts, Sport and Culture, Ross Purdon MPL, to take up the matter with the current MEC, Pemmy Majodina, as to the cost of damages and what will be done to repair it and how the memorial will be protected in future."

Botha added that communities should respect all historical monuments.