PLEASE NOTE:

MyNews24 is a user-generated section of News24.com. The stories here come from users.

 
Onthatile Mogotji
 
Comments: 7
Article views: 882
 
 
Latest Badges:

 
View all Onthatile Mogotji's badges.
 

The forgotten hero of the day……..

17 June 2014, 22:15

It was June 16th, 1976, and students in various townships across South Africa, were protesting due to the fact that the government of the day, and especially the education department was enforcing a policy of Afrikaans being a medium of education amongst black school children.

A protest that started in St Morries School spilled over to Soweto, the heartland of a densely populated area in the south western part of Johannesburg.

As was consistent at the time, the SAPS called in to monitor and assist in the protest, doing crowd control, which all had to be done peacefully,

Yet the situation suddenly became violent, and in the protest the SAPS started using live ammunition and as a consequence young innocent children died.

A momentous photograph of one of the students that were fatally injured in the protest, where his limb and dead body was carried by one of the protestors, became viral, and synonymous to the events of the day.

Yet amazingly the dead, became the hero of the day, and the one that was carrying his body, Mbuyisa Makhubu has disappeared into obscurity. He faced live ammunition in his brave heroic act, and showing the world, what the consequences of the day meant.  Yet his name and his fame have eluded the history of the country.

On that day, he disappeared, if he was also a victim and was fatally shot and killed remains a mystery. His family had not seen him since. It has been 38 years in which they wonder on a daily basis what really happened to him. Was he shot, killed, tortured, or what was his destiny?

The family of this hero, that showed the world the brutality of the day, have been neglected, living in absolute poverty, are destitute and the significant role that their brother, son, played in the events of the day, disappearing into obscurity.

It is indeed a sad state of affairs that the hero has been forgotten, his family never having closure on what has happened to him, and they being destitute and poverty stricken, with the government of the day failing on its duty to recognize them as it should be, affording hero status to the one that was shot and killed, conveniently neglecting the one that was carrying him……

Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.
 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
7 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Meta
News in the digital age

How do you think that spreading your hate/bigotry and or intolerance helps anybody? Read more...

13 comments 924 views
Submitted by
Brian Faul
How and why a Dictator is born

One needs to remember looking back in history these hard times is when a dictator is more likely to get born. It is during these hard times that a dictator gets voted into power. Read more...

8 comments 1692 views
Submitted by
Prenisha Naidoo
I will be proactive...

This letter is in response to articles on the death of baby Jamie Naidoo, We have the tendency to be reactive…we wait for something to happen, then suddenly we care, writes a News24 User. Read more...

2 comments 419 views
Submitted by
woadstress
Celebration

Make a list of at least ten things that you can celebrate, and write two or three reasons why you can celebrate those things or events. Read more...

1 comments 147 views
Submitted by
Eric de Castro
Last squeak of the year

 Read more...

12 comments 192 views
Submitted by
MarkH

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

2DAYS ONLY – 30% off Appliances

Coffee makers, blenders, fans, juicers and more. T&Cs apply. Shop now!

2 DAYS ONLY – 40% off books

Get 40% off when you buy 2 books. For two days only! T&Cs apply. Buy now!

Up to 50% off on outdoor gear

Save on chairs, blankets, cooler bags, umbrellas and more. Shop now!

Save on Samsung

Cameras, mobile phones, TVs, Tablets and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

Grand Theft Auto 5

Now available on PS4, Xbox One and PC from R649. Buy now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

 

services

E-mail Alerts The latest headlines in your inbox

RSS feeds News delivered really simply.

Mobile News24 on your mobile or PDA

E-mail Newsletters You choose what you want

News24 on your iPhone Get News24 headlines on your iPhone.

SMS Alerts Get breaking news stories via SMS.

Blogs Your opinion on you, me and everyone.

Calais Website keywords automated by OpenCalais.

 
Interactive Advertising Bureau
 
© 2014 24.com. All rights reserved.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.