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Another Gukurahundi genocide memorial plaque stolen

ANOTHER Gukurahundi memorial plaque has reportedly been stolen in Silobela, Midlands, barely a fortnight after unknown people removed a similar structure in Bhalagwe, Matabeleland South.


The plaque was erected by Bulawayo-based pressure group Ibhetshu LikaZulu in memory of 12 villagers that were killed during the Gukurahundi massacres in 1985 in Silobela.

Ibhetshu LikaZulu secretary-general Mbuso Fuzwayo yesterday blamed the State for the theft of the Silobela Gukurahundi memorial plaque.


“We hold the State solely responsible for the theft. We condemn in the strongest terms the theft of the memorial plaque,” Fuzwayo said in a telephone interview.


Recently, a Gukurahundi memorial plaque unveiled by Chief Fuyane with the support of Ibhetshu Likazulu in Bhalagwe was stolen barely hours after its erection.


The unveiling of the Bhalagwe memorial plaque was done during a memorial service held in memory of the people who lost their lives during the 1980s Gukurahundi massacres.


In a statement last week, the National Transitional Justice Working Group (NTJWG) condemned the act and urged the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission (NPRC) to investigate the theft of Gukurahundi relics.


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