The National Heritage Council (NHC) has honoured struggle stalwarts Oscar Mpetha and his wife Rose at a commemoration ceremony at Zolani Centre in Nyanga on the Cape Flats.

NHC Chief Executive, Sonwabile Mancotywa, says the launch of the Oscar and Rose Mpetha project forms part of the Resistance and Liberation Heritage Route in the Western Cape.

The project also marks the 25-year anniversary of Oscar Mpetha’s passing.


Mpetha a trade unionist and ex-political prisoner died in 1994 a few months after the country’s first democratic elections. His wife Rose, was also a political activist.

Funds raised through the project will be used to erect tombstones at their graves in Gugulethu and Muizenberg among others.