Jun 28, 2022

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ANC activist who died in 1966 to be exhumed from pauper’s grave

The National Law Enforcement Agency’s Task Team for Missing Persons will on Friday conduct a public exhumation of the body of ANC activist James Booi, who died in Bavaria in 1966.

The exhumation will take place at Zamdela Cemetery in Sasolburg beginning at 10:00 am.

The NPA says there are no potential prosecutions related to the matter. It said Booi’s family would be there.

Booi, from Gqeberha, was one of hundreds of people arrested in the early 1960s after the ANC and Pan Africanist Congress banned.

Booi was sentenced to prison on Robben Island. In January 1966 he was transferred from Robben Island to Groenpunt Prison in Deneysville, Free State. He died on March 15, 1966.

“Although they learned that he had died, his family never found out what happened to his body. They’ve been looking for him for decades,” the NPA said.

The response team conducted an investigation and located an unmarked pauper’s grave at Zamdela Cemetery in Metsimaholo Municipality where Booi was buried.

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