A special reception to welcome back the remains of the struggle stalwarts will be held at Waterkloof Air Force Base.
“As we leave for Russia, today we salute them for their self-sacrifice, passion and commitment to nourish hopes and aspirations of the formerly oppressed nation. These are heroes and legends that have helped to take this country forward,” Minister Mthethwa said.
President Jacob Zuma tasked the Department of Arts and Culture to lead and coordinate the repatriation and reburial of Kotane and Marks.
Speaking at a media briefing on Monday, Minister Mthethwa said Kotane and Marks died in Russia in the 1970s when the struggle had reached a point of no return.