Words, Visions, Dreams, Voices of an African Woman Expressed by Thulisa Qangule
Re-Activism and Re-Education for South Africa_ the cases of Mbuyisa Makhubu and Apartheid Liberation/ Freedom-Fighters who are still in jail.
At the dawn of South Africa’s Freedom, the light of the rising sun of democracy shone bright above many while some of the sons and daughters of this soil have remained swamped in the shadows.
A moral question to ask is whether or not any of us have justified rights to refer to some of the Youth Day Commemorations as “Celebrations”. What are we celebrating when one of the most famous images which have become globally synonymous with the day relentlessly harbour pain for the family of the then young man seen carrying Hector Pieterson? This man’s name is Mbuyisa Makhubu.
With passion and vigour, I have in past years engaged in private prayers and meditations and events related to the 16th of June 1976 as means to personally pay ode to those fallen heroes and heroines who risked and many of whom, lost their lives so that many of us enjoy the fruits of Freedom today. That Freedom itself is arguably limited and no matter how oppressed and suppressed and repressed we may feel today, I doubt that any of us born after 1976 can even say we have a clue what our predecessors went through.
Some years ago it was reported that Mr Raul Makhubu, Mbuyisa’s brother had become so disheartened that he was contemplating making a request to have each and every single image that contains his brother carrying Hector Pieterson on that ill-fated 16 June 1976 day, blacked out. He had felt that it is not fair to continue publicising the image while no closure has been brought to his family.
Mbuyisa Makhubu’s whereabouts are still unknown. Ms Ntsiki Makhubu, Mbuyisa’s sister has made an urgent request for assistance in this matter. Is she justified? I most certainly believe so. This is by no means a way to slight the Pieterson family and yet, when we have the Hector Pieterson Museum and Memorials erected in Soweto, know the identity of the young lady running beside Mbuyisa to be Antoinette Pieterson, the late Hector’s sister…why has there been a shroud of silence around Mbuyisa Makhubu?
A man detained in a Canadian jail with the same moon-shaped birthmark as Mbuyisd, and in awareness of details only privy to the Makhubu family was found. DNA tests were conducted and you may view the below link for the news on that:
Eye Witness News (EWN) has run a feature, and pod-casts, getting their teeth sunk into this matter. I encourage interested parties to support this. For more info, you may also refer to the below link:
Below on the left hand side is “THAT” famous image of Hector and Antoinette Pieterson, with Mbuyisa Makhubu.
As recently as May 2016, an article* was published, detailing the cause of some members of the Azanian People’s Liberation Army (APLA). The latter was the military wing of the Pan Africanist Congress (PAC), and its tale is just about parallel to who/what Umkhonto weSizwe (MK) is/was to the African National Congress (ANC).
It is also interesting that during what is famously known as “The Struggle”,APLA, AZAPO, the MK fought together prior to the unbanning of underground organisations and military movements and their incorporation into the now South African National Defence Force.
Should you wish to educate yourself further about the South African Military Struggle and the likes of APLA, you may utilise the below link as a starting point:
As the sun sets on the 15th of June 2016 in South Africa and rises on the 40th Anniversary of the Soweto Student Uprisings and as other Commemorations proceed, let us all bow our heads in silence for a moment or two and consider the many families, individuals and groups who still silently yell for freedom in this country. The mothers who’s sons never returned home. The sons and daughters who will never see Mom or Dad walk in through the door. Those amongst us who carry much wisdom and will never share it for the mere thought of “those days” is a trigger for pain. The giants and also the dwarfs on whose footsteps and invisible footprints we walk.
Whose spirit is carried by the winds of change in South Africa?
If those wind could audibly speak, just what would they be asking you to do?
Such is the real spirit of the 16th of June 1976, as we carry it forth into 2016, let us all practice responsible commemoration/s.
I now silence my own voice and bow out in respectful silence.