An Unsung Hero: What Happened to Mbuyisa Makhubu?

When we celebrate Youth Day on 16 June, the first image that comes to our minds is the iconic photo of a dying Hector Peterson. His sister runs at his side, terror spread across her face. But what about the boy holding Hector Peterson? What about the boy, who in an act of heroism, picked…

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Unfinished Business

In December of 1990, Momzi said goodbye to her husband as he hurried out the door to work a night shift. Her husband returned home the next morning to find that his house had been demolished. Everything he owned was broken. He called out to his wife, but there was no answer. Momzi was gone.…

They Came in the Night

“Soldiers came in the night. They took my brother away.” Sphiwe’s sister recalls the last time she would ever see her brother alive. In 1994, the same year a democracy was born in South Africa, Sphiwe was taken. When his sister thinks back to that night she remembers the police kicking down the door in…

A Search That Never Ends

Tonny Adams woke up on a sunny morning in 1991 in Soweto, and got ready for work. It was a day like any other… until the police came for him. Tonny was at work when the police arrived. They informed Tonny’s boss that they needed to take him for a few hours, and would bring…