The Cradock Four

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On 27 June 1985, four anti-apartheid activists (Matthew Goniwe, Fort Calata, Sparrow Mkhonto and Sicelo Mhlauli) from Cradock, Eastern Cape, were intercepted at a roadblock set up by the South African apartheid government security police outside Port Elizabeth.

Goniwe and Calata were rumoured to be on a secret police hit list for their active participation in the struggle against apartheid in the Cradock area.

The South African Bureau of State Security abducted all four activists, killed them and burnt their bodies.

The activists, who came from the Karoo town of Cradock, became known as The Cradock Four.[1]


  1. "Unveiling the mystery of the Cradock Four: 25 years later". South African History Archives. Retrieved 5 October 2017.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "CSS").
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