Gone without a trace: The day activist Nokuthula Simelane vanished

Gone without a trace: The day activist Nokuthula Simelane vanished

The ruling party took to social media to remember Nokuthula Simelane, a uMkhonto weSizwe member, vanished without a trace.

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On Tuesday, 23 April, the ANC honoured anti-apartheid activist Nokuthula Simelane, who has been missing for nearly 36 years.

"Nokuthula Simelane was a young student when she joined uMkhonto weSizwe in armed struggle against apartheid. In '83, she was abducted & tortured by security police & never seen again. This #FreedomMonth, we remember the sacrifices made for our rights. #21Sheroes #VoteANC," the post read.

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Briefly.co.za took a look at the life of Simelane and found she was born in 1960 in Mzinoni Township near Bethal, Mpumalanga.

Her date of birth means she was only 23 at the time of her abduction. Simelane was on her way to SA from Swaziland under the pretext that she would buy her graduation gown.

However, she was called for a meeting on 10 September 1983, in the underground parking of the Carlton Centre in Joburg.

She was to meet with Norman 'Scotch' Khoza, who was tasked with kidnapping her. From there, Simelane was taken to Norwood where she had been tortured to reveal details about her work with the ANC.

SA History reported Simelane was then moved to a farm believed to be in Vlakplaas, North West Province.

According to one of the officers who recognised a photo of Simelane years after her disappearance, she was brutally tortured and killed at Vlakplaas.

Till this day, her remains have not been found and it has been alleged that she was buried in the Rustenburg area.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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