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Tsi­etsi My Hero Tues­day, June 16 SABC3, 1pm This doc­u­men­tary by film maker, poet and pho­tog­ra­pher Por­tia Rankoane reac­quaints the youth of to­day with the sad but inspiring story of a young man who dared to stand up to op­pres­sion.

Tsi­etsi My Hero tells the tragic tale of Teboho “Tsi­etsi” MacDon­ald Mashinini.

A pupil at Mor­ris Isaac­son High School, Mashinini made head­lines as the leader of the June 16 1976 protests that turned vi­o­lent and re­sulted in the death of many of his peers.

Af­ter be­ing on the apartheid state’s most wanted list, Mashinini fled the coun­try and re­mained an un­sung hero un­til his mys­te­ri­ous death in 1990. – Siyabonga Sit­hole

NEVER FOR­GET Tsi­etsi Mashinini comes to life in a doc­cie by Por­tia Rankoane

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