Commemoration of the Bulhoek Massacre Centenary – Ntabelanga

Today May 24 was a sombre moment met with bitter-sweet commemoration, as few crowds gathered at the Bulhoek Massacre Heritage site in Ntabelanga, near Komani. This was to mark the 100 years since the ruthless massacre of about 200 of followers of Enoch Mgijima, which left many injured and others detained for occupying land that was declared by the British Colonial powers as crown land. 

It became clear that the issue of land in this area will remain a thorny one – given that the people who rightfully deserve to own the land are still feeling the wounds of their forefathers. Both Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa and Eastern Cape Premier, Lubabalo Oscar Mabuyane, emphasised the need to accelerate the matter of land expropriation without compensation – especially to the descendents of the Bulhoek Massacre victims.

Soundclip: Premier Mabuyane repeatedly highlighted the issue of peace – as a means to find healing from the hurtful event of the 24th of May 1921 and remembered the fallen heroes.

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