The Nkonkobe Garden of Remembrance commemorates liberation struggle activists and victims of apartheid violence from the region served today by the Raymond Mhlaba Local Municipality – previously the Nkonkobe Local Municipality. Opened in 2003 and redesigned in 2006, its brick memorial serves as a roll-call of the remembered, representing a wide range of experiences and eras in the struggle for liberation. The Garden is one of the local “Community Heritage Projects”, which aim to help communities of the Eastern Cape find psychological healing through the memorialisation of their local struggle histories.
President Jacob Zuma bestows National Orders on eminent South Africans and foreign nationals who have contributed to the advancement of democracy, excelled in their chosen fields and improved the lives of South Africans, Pretoria, 8 December 2015. Among the honoured was Fort Beaufort-born Mpumelelo Washington Bongco, who received a posthumous gold award of the Order of Mendi for acts of bravery. Zuma recognised Bongco, whose name also appears on the Nkonkobe Garden of Remembrance memorial, for “his exceptional contribution to the pursuit of equality and universal suffrage in South Africa”. Bongco was executed by the apartheid state on 10 December 1964 after being found guilty of committing a petrol-bomb attack as part of his uMkhonto weSizwe (MK) activities. © Elmond Jiyane / Government Communication and Information System (GCIS)