On 13 December the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality will officially open the Wilson Diliza Kayingo Square (former Seyisi Square) following a more than R3 million construction investment by the Municipal Roads and Transport Directorate.
The Square has been constructed in a form of a recreational park and a monument in honour of one of the selfless and fearless leaders of the anti-apartheid struggle, Wilson Diliza Khayingo. Kayingo, the former Umkhonto Wesizwe Commander was executed at the age of 38 by the then apartheid government.
The scope of work that has been completed included:
- Layer works
- Brick paving
- Line marking
- Storm-water structures
- Jungle gym
Khayingo was a resident of Seyisi before his death. He was one of a group of local freedom activists to be hanged by the Apartheid regime in 1964. The men, among them Vuyisile Mini, were charged with 17 counts of sabotage, the death of a former police informer as well as other fabricated political charges. In 1964 they were sentenced to death and hanged in the same year.
In 1961, Vuyisile Mini was one of the first group of people to be recruited into uMkhonto we Sizwe (MK), and become a member of the Eastern Cape High Command. Mini was arrested on 10 May 1963 together with two other prominent ANC members, Wilson Khayinga and Zinakile Mkaba. They were charged with 17 counts of sabotage and other political crimes including complicity in the January 1963 death of Sipho Mange, an alleged police informer.
In March 1964 the three were sentenced to death. This provoked an international outcry, and clemency appeals by President Nasser of the United Arab Republic, on behalf of the Non-aligned States, and by Secretary-General U Thant of the United Nations were unsuccessful. So too were approaches by the UN Special Committee on Apartheid and the UN Security Council. Mini, Wilson Khayinga and Zinakile Mkaba were the first three member sof the ANC’s military arm to be hanged in the Pretoria Central Prison on 6 November 1964. Mini went to the gallows singing freedom songs, some he had composed. In a spirit of defiance, Mini made a death row statement after an approach by security police to get him to bear witness against comrades.
The unveiling will take place at 13h30 on 13 December 2017 at the Wilson Diliza Khayingo Square – formerly known as the Seyisi Square.
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