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UCT ready to repatriate colonial-era human remains

The University of Cape Town in South Africa has set a date for the return of 11 sets of human remains obtained unethically during colonial times to their communities of origin.

The repatriation and reburial of the remains will coincide with Heritage Day on 24 September, subject to approval from the South African Heritage Resources Agency, the UCT said in a statement.

The remains are believed to be from labourers forced to work the land, buried in the mid-1800s on a farm near Sutherland. A farmer later dug them up and gave them to UCT. Genetic analysis has revealed them to belong to the Abrahams and Stuurman families.

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