The Department of Military Veterans, in partnership with the Dullah Omar Region of uMkhonto we Sizwe in the Western Cape, and the military veterans community will commemorate the 30th Anniversary of the death of Ashley Kriel. The programme will be preceded by a wreath laying ceremony in Cape Town, Mutual Cemetery, Gate 5 at 10h00 on the 09 July 2017.
Ashley Kriel, a 20-year-old South African activist, was killed by police in Cape Town on 9 July 1987 for his role in advocating anti-apartheid actions. In 1999, Jeffrey Benzien was granted an amnesty by the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission for his part in the killing.
On his release from prison in February 1990, Nelson Mandela acknowledged Ashley Kriel’s sacrifice for the anti-apartheid struggle.
In his memory, the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation and the University of the Western Cape created the annual Ashley Kriel Memorial Youth Lecture to highlight youth leadership challenges throughout the country.
Members of the media are invited to the commemoration as follows:
- Date: Sunday, 09 July 2017
- Time: 10:00
- Venue: Mutual Cemetery, Gate 5, Cape Town
- Fumanekile Booi, 072 496 8294
- Mbulelo Musi (Spokesperson for the Department of Military Veterans) 082 338 3890