Almost 50 years later, their mortal remains have been returned for reburial in South Africa, a country they fought four until they met their death.
Family representatives of the two heroes gathered at Waterkloof Air force base on Sunday to witness the return of their loved ones remains in a ceremony attended by President Jacob Zuma. They expressed gratitude to government’s efforts in bringing home the mortal remains of their beloved ones. They described the home coming of the struggle stalwarts from Moscow as a joyous occasion has brought a sense of relief to the families. Moses Kotane’s son, Sam Kotane, said receiving the mortal remains of his father brought a lot of emotions to his family.
Speaking to SAnews, the young Kotane said: “My 103-year-old mother, her children, grandchildren and relatives were in the tent with me when we received the remains of my father… just about everybody had tears in their eyes when the coffin was taken into the tent,” he said. He said the day was very emotional for the whole family although they were happy that Moses Kotane’s mortal remains have been brought back to a free South Africa.