Justice and Constitutional Development Deputy Minister Andries Nel said no stone would be left unturned in efforts to find the many missing anti-apartheid freedom fighters.
Nel was speaking at Nangoza Jebe Hall, Port Elizabeth, on Friday during the handover ceremony of the remains of an MK soldier, Xolile Sam, also known in MK as Valdez Mbatha.
Nel said 77 bodies of people who were killed and buried improperly have been found so far.
“We are here to honour our pledge that we will leave no stone unturned in searching for missing persons through the Missing Persons Task Team of the NPA and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) unit of our department, which were established to carry out the recommendations made by TRC when it concluded its mandate in 2002,” said Nel.
He said: “As a consequence of the TRC process and the effort to recover the bodies of those murdered by the apartheid regime”s secret security operations, the remains of 77 persons have been retrieved from where they were secretly disposed of after being killed.”
MK Valdez was shot and wounded on November 7, 1988 after he was spotted jumping over a wall by Vlakplaas member Leon Flores.
Seriously wounded in the leg, he was then placed by Eugene de Kock inside a police vehicle and handcuffed to the metal seat.
He was then tortured and suffocated in order to extract information from him. Valdez died in the police truck shortly thereafter. He was buried as an unidentified pauper in Vosloorus.