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    Site Name
    Nomoya Masilela Museum
    Site History

    The museum’s building, the old magistrate's office, was built in 1910, and restored in 2010 to its former glory. The museum was named after a student, from Mzinoni High, that was shot during a student protest in the rural township in the mid-1980’s. Thereafter, this building was declared one of South Africa’s national monuments.

    There are bronze statues of some of the freedom-fighting greats including Nokuthula Simelane, who was killed by police forces after she was kidnapped, and Gert Sibande, who was short during a riot. The museum exhibition comprises 24 individual parts with a number of special features. The Kork Pharmacy (1890) and the Bethel Commando (1899-1902) are some of the highlights. The museum showcases the likes of Gert Sibande (a leader among the farm workers), Nokuthula Simelane (an Umkhonto weSizwe member), Ruth First (known for her anti-apartheid activism), and Henry Nxumalo (an investigative journalist acclaimed for his gutsy exposés during the regime).

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      Site Address

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      Location notes
      50 Chris Hani Street, Bethal.
      Access details
      The museum is part of Bethal's cultural precinct, located in the central hub of the town. The museum has public toilets. There are a few restaurants near the museum and accommodation is available in Bethal.
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