Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality planning R8 million memorial to Rivonia Trialists

AUGUST 5, 2015

The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality is reportedly planning an R8-million memorial to be erected at the Red Location Cultural Precinct, in New Brighton, to celebrate the struggle icons who were involved in the Rivonia Trial.

The memorial will pay tribute to two of Port Elizabeth’s most famed anti-apartheid stalwarts, Raymond Mhlaba and Govan Mbeki.

The Mandela Bay Development Agency will reportedly manage the project, which will see a design competition for a public, open-air, interactive statue or statues featuring the 12 who were on trial, the lawyers, prosecutors and judge.

Among those who were tried and jailed at the Rivonia Trial were Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu, Mbeki, Mhlaba, Ahmed Kathrada and Elias Motsoaledi.

The municipality hopes the memorial will provide information about the importance of the trial to the history of the struggle aganist apartheid.