Department verifying Makhubo DNA tests

2014-06-14 18:27

Johannesburg - The arts and culture department is verifying information regarding Mbuyisa Makhubo's DNA tests, it said on Saturday.

"[The department] is in the process of clarifying the situation regarding DNA tests done on a man currently in Canada that some maintain could be Mbuyisa Makhubo," it said in a statement.

"Because of the iconic photograph of him carrying the dying Hector Pieterson during the Soweto uprising of 1976, Mr Makhubo is a historically important figure with a family that is naturally anxious to know for sure one way or another."

Last year, government said it was waiting for DNA tests to be done.

Former arts and culture minister Paul Mashatile reportedly said at the time that a team had been dispatched to Canada, where the man had been imprisoned for eight years. Makhubo's mother had not heard from her son since 1978.

He disappeared after a picture of him carrying a dying 13-year-old Hector Pieterson was distributed internationally.

Monday is Youth Day which commemorates the Soweto Uprising.

  • Thoko Khanya - 2014-06-14 18:32

    But this is sad. A thirteen year old was brutally murdered for refusing to be taught in afrikaans.

      Swart Gevaar - 2014-06-14 18:46

      Ask the Afrikaners why are they so terrible and inhumane.

      Patrick MoreFire Vianello - 2014-06-14 19:03

      You can talk a load of rubbish hey. Put as many thumbs down as you like. You dis my nation like that. Listen here, look at the demographics of the western part of South Africa, particularly the Northern Cape. Towns like Calvinia, Carnarvon, Upington etc where virtually the whole population, white and coloured speak Afrikaans are in the process of being forced to learn in English. English, the language of the super colonialists, who colonized the entire planet.

      Dee Bone - 2014-06-14 19:14

      class of '76. the.real.liberators of sa. not the anc who worked with the nats and now m!'@ring and raping us

      Patrick MoreFire Vianello - 2014-06-14 19:14

      And Swart Gevaar, you have absolutely no clue of who and what Afrikaners are. So, before you type, think and hou jou bek. Think back to the 18 hundreds at what the British did to you!

      Lolo James - 2014-06-14 19:17

      I refused to take part in that nonsense. For me it was just insane to attack defenceless black children. I still bow my head in shame!

      Patrick MoreFire Vianello - 2014-06-14 19:20

      Dee Bone - you sound like an English speaker. If you black, coloured, Indian or Afrikaans ignore my following statement. So you a white English speaker who tries to blame everything on the Afrikaners. Do you remember Majuba hill in 1881 where you killed 400 Boers. Do you remember the 2nd Boer war where you killed 27000 women and children in camps. Do you remember the 9 frontier wars where you massacred the Xhosa. Do you remember the Zulu wars in KZN? Give me a break, the English have the most blood on their hands in this country. Apartheid was from 1948. The government only looks at events post 1948. What about times before that?? When Kitcheners army rolled into Bloemfontein and Pretoria killing anyone in his way, Boers or Blacks or coloureds. The English benefited just as much as the Afrikaners during Apartheid but they like to play the noble innocent from their rich mansions in Sandton or Camps Bay whilst their are dirt poor Afrikaners in Pretoria west!

      Thoko Khanya - 2014-06-14 19:23

      @ Sa antida I get thumbs down because they still believe it was the right thing to do. Yes killing children. Hitler wanted everyone to speak German and be controlled in Germany. They will find something wrong there. But they will never find anything wrong here. SMH

      Lolo James - 2014-06-14 19:26

      @patrick. okay I see so you were displacing your anger on young black kids because you knew the Brits had f***ked you up. Is that what township suppression and apartheid was all about?

      Nikiwe Zikode - 2014-06-14 19:53

      Sad indeed Thoko and what a useless language

      Michael Ntsh - 2014-06-14 20:50

      Dee Bone; If you don't know where the nats are check N24. 99.99% of them went to da. Kortbroek was not the only nat.

      SwanieJP - 2014-06-14 21:19

      If he was taught on Afrikaans he would have been far more intelligent than these jungle bunnies of today who only need 30% to pass matric. I suppose it's true that there's no cure for stupidity

      Thoko Khanya - 2014-06-14 21:46

      @Johan Swanepoel that's just an insinuation. I have seen more clever people around the world who cannot speak Afrikaans

      Lionel De Frontignac - 2014-06-15 05:41

      Actually, the so-called white afrikaner has a long history of oppressing the Africans - all you need to do is read a bit of Livingstone, and George Russel. It is a well-documented fact that they would raid villages, kidnap children and enslave them. They went on the Great Trek after the English banned slavery...And before you start tuning me as an Englishman, I have all sorts in my family, including former members (now late) of Ossewabranwag.

      Marko Lasene - 2014-06-15 07:31

      It's nice to see a white "tribe" taking on another.

      Xenswim1 - 2014-06-15 08:52

      Seriously what crap you think. Wipe your brain before you write.

      Tina-Marie Trevenen - 2014-06-15 12:35

      @Patrick - Insults aside regarding the English... no child should ever be "forced" to learn in any language other than the language of their own choosing. We should be learning from the past and not repeating the same mistakes.

  • Witsie Studdy - 2014-06-14 18:39

    I remember in high school learning about Mbuyisa Makhubo and being awed by the mystery of his disappearance. How wonderful it would be if he could come back. Come back to South Africa Mbuyisa. Come back home.

      Dee Bone - 2014-06-14 19:05

      the real.liberators

      SwanieJP - 2014-06-14 21:21

      He is no loss. Was a useless rabble rouser and would've ended up being a terrorist anyway

      Xenswim1 - 2014-06-15 08:58

      Like most, it seems he could not no matter opportunity given, end up in prison. An Indication base on all that is written on criminals that his involvement on the day was likely criminal in intent.

      Chris Nash - 2014-06-15 19:17

      He cant - he is in jail.

  • jacqui.vanzweeden - 2014-06-14 19:27

    Current Racists aside. Say what you want but this was a disgraceful day in history. I agree this was an unnecessary event. Patrick you shouldn't be racist we are not our grandparents and the world has changed. You should stop living in the past. If you haven't been able to make a life for your self the last 20YEARS the only people you can blame is yourself and the government for promising everything will be givin for free but only loaded their own pockets. ..

      Qiqa Qikberry Sangotsha - 2014-06-14 19:43

      You know it's not always about race. Now, it's just about finding out if the guy is really him. Klaar!! Agree with u 100% Jacs!!

  • jacqui.vanzweeden - 2014-06-14 19:30

    Patrick knows his history

      Nku Entsho - 2014-06-14 19:49

      The afrikaners were using black schoolchildren for target shooting during their military conscription time.

  • Mike van Dyk - 2014-06-14 19:42

    So why's this guy in jail? Eight years so far ... that's serious time. Guess he's been lifting something other than Hector.

  • Patrick MoreFire Vianello - 2014-06-14 19:44

    Oh look at the demographics of languages of the country. 1. Zulu = 22.7 % 2. Xhosa = 16% 3. Afrikaans = 13.5%. 4. English 9.6 %. Stats cannot be manipulated. Since when am I racist? Did I dis people of colour in any of my arguments? No, but because I reject people's opinions, a white person is automatically racist. No wonder we still living in the dark ages when I am presenting facts and ja, a few opinions. But mainly facts

  • Patrick MoreFire Vianello - 2014-06-14 19:53

    What did this day signify for coloureds???? Who mainly learn in Afrikaans????? They are a very significant group in the country! Almost 10%! Yet there is no mention. This day is just about Afrikaners and blacks. I tell you something, tomorrow there could be a coloured Hector Pieterson for refusing to speak English!

      Lolo James - 2014-06-14 20:17

      @patrick. So you now coloured people spokesperson

      Peter William - 2014-06-14 21:58

      Why give this man thumbs down? He is asking a perfectly ligitimate question. You all have much to say...ANSWER HIM DAMMIT

  • Phindile Zina - 2014-06-14 19:56

    Can they speed up the process with those DNA tests, it would be very nice more especially for the June 16 celebrations to know whether the man is really Mbuyisa Makhubo, or not.

      Xenswim1 - 2014-06-15 09:05

      Wello he will sure be the hero two times over. He has the criminal credentials as well. God he could be president. Now about that payment he should be entitled for using his image, Any bet the ANC will want his image for free?

  • Danie Theron - 2014-06-14 19:58

    Why is this iconic ant-apartheid figure living in canada?

      Nku Entsho - 2014-06-14 20:03

      If he did not run away the afrikaners would have killed him.

  • Aslam Daweti - 2014-06-14 19:59

    Bring that hero home..!

      Themba Khumalo - 2014-06-15 02:43


  • Prince Waka Mathebula H'ome - 2014-06-14 20:08

    Just because his picture was all over the world then he decided to disappeare?? Iyhoo ja neh, those afrikanairs- they indeed depict the inhumane of theirs... I believe our country is clean now, we NO longer have those callous people.

      Nku Entsho - 2014-06-14 20:12

      We still have them around boss.They were supposed to blow up the bloemfontein anc conference remember?

  • Eddie Murray - 2014-06-14 20:16

    We can only laugh at you al hahaha !

  • Eddie Murray - 2014-06-14 20:24

    Yes , now we got 'clever' people like you who cant spell let al9ne know anything about history except to hate and take what doesnt beling to them and rape babies and gogos ! Do us all a favour and hold your breath until the lights go out .

      Nku Entsho - 2014-06-14 20:32

      Eddie it sounds like you still believe in apartheid and you are uncomfortable with africans you live with in africa. Do you believe that whites are superior to all races and all races must hold their collective breath until the lights go out? Would that give you pleasure in your white supremacist world?

  • Eddie Murray - 2014-06-14 20:27

    Double barrell snotguns aggaa shiit !

  • Eddie Murray - 2014-06-14 20:30

    Delete all you want , its only because the truth hurts . Shame ...

      Nku Entsho - 2014-06-14 20:38

      Eddie in less than half a century the will not be any pure white genes left in south africa. Look at the demographics and adapt. Will be be nursing nonwhite grandchildren or great grandchildren. Look at the reality of your nation in africa. Pull your head from under the sand. The world is leaving you behind with your beliefs.

  • michaela.hanalessle - 2014-06-14 21:41

    Why do we have to despatch a team on taxpayers money? Eish our priorities are wrong

      Peter William - 2014-06-14 21:47

      Michaela you are so right, further to that how many in the team. People are pleading for homes, jobs and this government finds it necessary to send a team over. Hope their pants are not too tight because I know where their brains are

      Isaac Thokwana - 2014-06-15 06:01

      We do that because the apartheid government used tax money to kill and intimidate them

  • Landile Mamve - 2014-06-15 05:04

    Ja i am the real Mbuyisa Makhubo. I changed my identity after that dying Hector pic went global because i was fearing victimisation by apartheid pay me for my role in the struggle....give me some tenders and a mine.

      Amukela Phuthini - 2014-07-04 23:56

      U think dis is funny, I bet u r an airhead born free, grhaaa sies nx

  • Mandla Shiphamele - 2014-06-15 09:00

    N then the results will be announced next year,welcome to South Africa.

  • Sthe Sa Mthombeni - 2014-06-15 10:30

    Can someone tell me how long this matter will track, we were told that the man is not Makhubo and later another info came said he is. What is going on about this issue.

  • Sikhumbuzo Mhlophe Masengemi - 2014-06-15 22:12

    the department of art & culture seens like they dont do thier job well since when we heard that this man is in jail in Canada? Are they gonna remember only when Youth Day is approaching then forget after. We are still waiting for his DNA test!

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