Screening - MATTHIEU GONIWE – THE CRADOCK MURDERS

MATTHIEU GONIWE – THE CRADOCK MURDERS

Time

Date

Location

Admission

12:30pm

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

NORTON - PAKARE PAYE ARTS CENTRE

FREE

Directed by
David Forbes, Michel Noll
Screenplay
David Forbes
Country

South Africa (2010)

Running time

Genre

52 mins

Documentary

Synopsis

"The Cradock Murders" represents a dive into the atrocious affair of the murder of four young freedom fighters, Matthieu Goniwe and his companions, who had challenged the Apartheid system.  Late on the winter night of 27 June 1985, South African Security Forces set up a roadblock near Port Elizabeth.  Four activists, including their leader, Matthieu Goniwe, a popular teacher from the small South African town of Cradock, were in the ambushed car.  They had been secretly targeted for assassination by the Apartheid’s Generals.  The policemen abducted Matthew Goniwe, Fort Calata, Sparrow Mkonto and Sicelo Mhlauli and murdered them in cold blood.  To blur tracks they mutilated and set fire to their bodies. The burnt remains of the “Cradock Four", as they came to be known, were later found near the Port Elizabeth suburb of Bluewater Bay.