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Media Release: THE ONKGOPOTSE ABRAHAM TIRO MEMORIAL LECTURE TO BE HOSTED BY FREEDOM PARK, PRETORIA

Onkgopotse Tiro Memorial Lecture

In memory of Onkgopose Abram Tiro, a political activist, a teacher, a member of the South African Students Organization and Black Consciousness Movement, who was killed by a parcel bomb on 01 February 1974, whilst in exile in Botswana. Freedom Park will honour Tiro’s legacy through a Public Lecture on Thursday, 01 February 2024. 

Tiro was the first activist to be killed by the apartheid government outside the country with a parcel bomb. 2024 marks the 50th commemoration of his assassination. 

Professor Harry Nengwekhulu, who was Tiro’s compatriot and the first activist to arrive at the scene of the assassination, will deliver a keynote address. The Tiro Family, members of the public, political organisations, embassy delegates, media personnel, academics, et cetera, are expected to attend.  

Freedom Park honours the liberation fighters through, public lectures, dialogues, exhibitions, et cetera. One such exhibition is the Wall of Names on which more than 185 000 names of heroes and heroines of the liberation struggle are inscribed. Onkopotse Abram Tiro’s name is also memorialised under the panel entitled Political Assassinations.  

Freedom Park is mandated to honour those who contributed to the struggle for freedom and humanity, and to foster reconciliation, social cohesion and nation building in the country, the continent, and the diaspora, hence the Tiro memorial lecture. 

Members of the Media are invited as follows:  

Date:              01 February 2024

Time:             10h45 – Laying of the Wreath and playing of the Last Post

11h00 – 13h000: The Lecture

Venue:           Freedom Park, Pretoria

Media Enquiries: naomi@freedompark.co.za / 012 336 4006 / 060 961 3851


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