In the spirit of Freedom month, the Eastern Cape Provincial Government, led by the Department of Social Development unveiled a tombstone on Thursday in honour of freedom fighter, Ernest Malgas. The unveiling service is being held at Nangoza Jebe Hall in New Brighton, Port Elizabeth.
According to the Office of the Eastern Cape Premier, attending the unveiling are Deputy Minister of Social Development, Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu; Economic Development and Tourism MEC, Sakhumzi Somyo – representing the Premier; Eastern Cape Social Development MEC, Nancy Sihlwayi, as well as family members of Ernest Malgas and community members of New Brighton.
There will be the Ernest Malgas Memorial Lecture later in the evening, which will be taking place at Nangoza Jebe Hall as well and is expected to be addressed by former Chief Whip of the ANC in Parliament, Stone Sizani.
On Friday, there will also be the official opening of the Ernest Malgas Treatment Centre. The centre is meant for young people, who are struggling with drug and substance abuse, according to Eastern Cape Social Development MEC, Nancy Sihlwayi.
The facility, situated in New Brighton, can host 38 children, between 13 and 18 years, for a residential treatment period of nine weeks, featuring a multi-disciplinary approach.
About Ernest Malgas
He was born on 8 August 1937 in Korsten and later moved to Red Location. His life was one of massive hardship. Malgas became involved in the struggle after the 1952 (paint) riots. The police came looking for Malgas’s neighbour and instead arrested him. It was the greatest mistake they could ever have made as the six weeks Malgas spend inside prison served as a political introduction.
By 1961, he was recruited into Umkhonto WeSizwe (MK) and met with the MK Commander, Henry Fazzie, in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.
In 1963, Malgas was sentenced to 14 years imprisonment on Robben Island. From the early 1980’s, together with Henry Fazzie, they led the Port Elizabeth Black Civic Organisation. Malgas was severly tortured in 1985 and detained again in 1986-9 under the State of Emergency.
During the Truth and Reconciliation hearings – Bishop Tutu burst out in tears when the deeply-grieved Malgas (in a wheelchair) shared about his terrible sufferings and torture under the Apartheid Regime’s Security Branch handlers.
Malgas passed away in 1998.
— source on Ernest Malgas history: http://budget-accommodation-port-elizabeth.com/struggle-history-a-tribute-to-ernest-malgas-snqokwana-malgas/