Today marks the 39th anniversary of the Brutal killing of comrades Matthew Goniwe, Fort Chalata, Sparrow Mkhonto, and Sicelo Mhlawuli by the apartheid regime.

On the 27th of June 1985, Matthew Goniwe, Fort Calata, Sparrow Mkonto, and Sicelo Mhlawuli, left for Port Elizabeth at about 10 am. Matthew attended meetings with his comrades. His last meeting, at the house of UDF activist Michael Coetzee, finished at around 21h00 and the four left at about 21h10. It was the last time they were seen alive.

Known as the Cradock 4, these voluntary activists were intercepted by security police at a roadblock near Port Elizabeth.