The heroes the ANC forgot to remember: Robbie Waterwitch and Coline Williams, 25 years later

In July 1989, the same month PW Botha and Nelson Mandela, then still imprisoned at Victor Verster Prison, met secretly for the first time, two young Umkhonto we Sizwe operatives, Robbie Waterwitch and Coline Williams, died when a defective limpet mine they had planned to place at the Athlone Magistrate’s Court in the Western Cape exploded prematurely. This weekend a high-ranking ANC Western Cape official missed a ceremony commemorating the 25th anniversary of the event. By MARIANNE THAMM.