DNA TEST TO CONFIRM WHETHER CANADIAN PRISONER IS MBUYISA MAKHUBU
By: Mbalenhle Zibani
The teenage boy who carried dying Hector Pieterson during the Soweto uprising in June 1976 is believed to be alive in a prison in Canada.
This is after the Department of Arts and Culture admitted that it has been tracing people who had gone missing during the liberation struggle and discovered that there was a prisoner by the name of Mbuyisa Makhubu in Canada.
Minister of Arts and Culture, Paul Mashatile, said in a statement, “There is someone in Canada who may be Mbuyisa Makhubu and we have decided to check that.”
Makhubu disappeared at the age of 19, in 1978, two years after the Soweto uprising. He ran away from harassment by the apartheid police after a picture of him carrying Pieterson was published.
His late mother Nomboniso had told the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) that she didn’t know whether her son was dead or alive.
The department told the media that they have been working with Authorities from Canada for a month now. Mashatile also said that the South African medical team will check DNA with Makhubu’s family.If DNA results confirm that the prisoner is Makhubu, the government will try to bring him back to his home in Soweto.
“I’m happy if Mbuyisa is alive. He must come back because his brother has been talking about him, even his mother died wanting to know his whereabouts,” said Orlando West resident Nicodimus Masilo, to eNCA.
But Pieterson’s sister Antoinette Sithole thought otherwise.
“I don’t think it is him,” said Sithole.
“Check his eyes and mouth; this person on the picture has bigger eyes than those of Mbuyisa, even if a person does get old, their features don’t change much,” she added.
Arts and Culture Department spokesperson Magomotsi Mogodiri said in a statement that they are awaiting DNA results to confirm if the person in Canada is indeed Makhubu.