About the Foundation


The family of Fort Calata have established the Fort Calata Foundation [FCF] in memory of a husband, father, teacher and community activist.

The foundation’s establishment comes 35 years after Fort’s assassination by agents of the Apartheid regime.

Fort, alongside fellow activists, Matthew Goniwe, Sparrow Mkonto and Sicelo Mhlauli, were murdered on 27 June 1985.

Their deaths, sent shock waves around the country. Their funeral on 20 July 1985, led to then President P W Botha, declaring the Apartheid’s government’s first state of emergency in 25 years.



Fort’s grandparents, Miltha Mary and James Arthur Calata, had instilled in him a deep love and commitment for community upliftment, education, music and spirituality.  The Fort Calata Foundation is based in Cradock, and will act as a conduit to promote the living legacy of Fort Calata. Inspired by Fort’s love for music, the foundation will among others also establish a music and arts academy in Cradock.




Inspired by Fort’s commitment to exploring his activist heritage as the grandson of the former Secretary General of the African National Congress, the Fort Calata Foundation will launch an annual programme to commemorate both the Cradock Four and the Calata legacy in June / July 2020.

Nomonde, Dorothy, Lukhanyo and Tumani Calata have invited Mkhuseli Jack, Reverand Paul Verryn and Professor Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela to serve as Founding Patrons of the Fort Calata Foundation. 

Three independent directors have also been appointed as non-executive directors of the foundation, namely Mr Sidumo Jacobs, Mr Mziwenqaba Ntshangase and Ms Mary Faith Saku. 

The founding directors of the Foundation are tasked with the organizational development of the foundation in adherence with achieving the developmental objectives and supporting the Calata family in their ongoing quest for #Justice4Cradock4