THE ROAD TO DEMOCRACY IN SOUTH AFRICA IS PAVED WITH BLACK CHILDREN'S BLOOD
STILL MISSING SINCE JUNE 16, 1976
Mbuyisa Makhubu helped to bring down apartheid but never saw the biblical promised land of honey and manna for a tiny few of our people while the majority wallow in poverty....a shameful outcome for our selfless sacrifices.
Mbuyisa Makhubu was a lanky 18-year-old high school pupil in dungarees when he was pictured in photojournalist Sam Nzima’s June 16 1976 photograph. In the photo he is holding a dying Hector Pieterson, running alongside Pieterson’s sister, Antoinette Sithole.
The anguish on their teenage faces was soon published all over the world, turning Makhubu from an “obedient, sympathetic child” (in the words of his mother) into an accidental hero.
Bro Sam Nzima is the photographer who happened to be on the scene that morning. He took the iconic photo with a disposable camera and hid the film roll in his sock when the killer cops confiscated his camera and equipment. As a kid, I remember him always walking the streets of Dube and the other townships, looking for a story to publish in our only black newspaper, The World
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