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Griffiths and Victoria Mxenge Graves
King William's Town district, Eastern Cape



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32°53'33.63" S 27°19'57.66" E Alt: 546m

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Mlungisi Griffiths Mxenge was born in 1935 in King William's Town. He joined the ANC in the mid 1950's while studying for BA degree at the University of Fort Hare. He later studied for an LLB degree at the University of Natal, but this was interrupted in 1960 when he was prosecuted for being a member of the ANC and sentenced to two years imprisonment on Robben Island.

Griffiths returned to complete his Law degree and became a well known civil rights lawyer, defending victims of the apartheid regime, despite being detained and banned on several occasions. He was brutally murdered in Umlazi by a Vlakplaas hit squad on 19 November 1981.


Victoria Nonyamezelo Mxenge was born in Tamara Village in King William’s Town in 1942. She matriculated in 1959 at Healdtown High School and then studied to be a nurse at Victoria Hospital in Alice. She then moved to Natal where she married Griffiths Mxenge. After completing her midwifery studies at the King Edward VIII Hospital in Durban, she joined a local clinic in Umlazi as a nurse but subsequently studied Law through UNISA and was admitted as a lawyer in 1981. Victoria Mxenge was brutally murdered on the driveway of her home in Umlazi on 1 August 1985.


Griffiths and Victoria Mxenge are buried in adjacent graves in a walled family burial plot in Rhayi Cemetery, near King William’s Town.