By Cradock Tourism Action Group
This open letter to the Minister of Tourism, Derek Hanekom, is written on behalf of the Cradock Tourism Action Group (Cratag), in the wake of an intended visit to the town by the minister having fallen through.
Dear Minister Hanekom,
We were due to welcome you in our town on Friday, 1 June and sadly we were not able to do that. Unfortunately, it all came down to lunch.
Let me explain that. Our town is unique, it is the home of the Cradock Four where the seeds of the final push in the Struggle against apartheid took root. We have a monument, as you know, that welcomes us all home when we return here – four tall, strong pillars that are not only symbols of our town, in the same way as Table Mountain, the Union Buildings, wheat silos and the countless war memorials around the country – but celebrate the icons of the Struggle, four of them in particular and all of them in the larger sense. It makes us proud.
Matthew Goniwe, Fort Calata, Sparrow Mkhonto and Sicelo Mhlauli grew up here. They took their strength from this land. They were not the only…