Family finally buried fallen MK operative, 41 years after his death
The ANC led government together with the Missing Persons Task Team continues to exhume, hand over to families and facilitate reburials of the remains of the freedom fighters who died either inside or outside the borders of South Africa. There are still remains of our struggle heroes and heroines whose graves are yet to be located, exhumed and given dignified reburials. A former Umkhonto we Sizwe operative Bheki Cyprian Hlatshwayo - aka MK Bismark, was finally buried on Saturday 14 September 2019 at the Thomas Nkobi Memorial Park in Boksburg. Hlatshwayo, whose alias was MK Bismark, was gunned down by police in the former homeland of Bophuthatswana on October 27, 1978. None of his family members knew of his whereabouts after he went into exile in 1976.
It was only in July 2012, 36 years later, that the NPA's Missing Persons Task Team conducted extensive excavations at Mmabatho cemetery and located a grave with the remains of two young men in a single coffin. The remains were identified as Hlatshwayo's and Mathew Goniwe's through DNA tests. Their remains were handed to their family at a ceremony hosted by the Ministry of Justice in July 2015.
Freedom Fighter, Mathew Goniwe was reburied at his home in the Eastern Cape. Cde Hlatshwayo's remains were kept at a mortuary in Soweto whilst family members decided on his final resting place.