6th July 2012- finally we have a victory! The men who died in action and were buried in Angola, are to be returned home. Three bodies have been found and the authorities are following promising leads to reclaim Neil Lombard's remains. Unfortunately Rowley is no longer with us on this plane, to rejoice on mission accomplished. I believe he is giving us a salute from the afterlife. David and I have agreed to keep the site as is for historical reasons and as a tribute to Rowley Medlin, who never gave up.Bertolt Brecht
The history: South African Authorities emphatically denied that South African troops were in any way involved in Angolan territory while threatening the conscripted men with jail who were sent up there. Some were not to return.
1975 The families were informed, " Your son is missing
presumed dead." No further action or information has been forthcoming since
Captain Taljaard’s father, on his deathbed, gave his brother, Christo , the instruction “Keep looking for him and bring his body back and have him buried in South African soil."
Thirty one years after their death, Christo asked Rowley Medlin for help and nine months later the burial site was found, with no government assistance, despite a South African government force situated kilometres away from the graves. Papatroop's lost Neil Lombard burial site is also located.
Are you asking if the race or political affiliation of these people were different the response from government would have been too?
If this situation upsets you, please help by contacting the Minister of Defence, at :
Department of Defence
Tel: (012) 355 6321
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Rowley has a fund going for the costs to help the families if you would like to contribute contact him on firstname.lastname@example.org the full story is on the Rowley Medlin's page and Some men did not return homeCopyright © 2003 Gail Gibson
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