Plaque in hon­our of hero of Soweto up­ris­ing to be un­veiled on June 16

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ON JUNE 16, a plaque will be un­veiled at the home of Seth Maz­ibuko in Soweto, and a march will be­gin at 7am from the Or­lando Sta­dium to com­mem­o­rate the event. The un­veil­ing takes place at 1806 Maim­ing Street, Or­lando East, at 11am.

The in­scrip­tion on the City of Joburg’s her­itage plaque in hon­our of Maz­ibuko reads: “This site has been a base for plan­ning dif­fer­ent Strug­gles against apartheid. It re­mained un­der sur­veil­lance by the se­cu­rity branch dur­ing and af­ter June 1976.

“It was here that Seth Maz­ibuko, the youngest mem­ber of the Stu­dent Ac­tion Com­mit­tee, was ar­rested in July 1976, aged just 16.

“He was held in soli­tary con­fine­ment for 11 months in Num­ber Four at The Fort Prison in Braam­fontein.

“Seth was then charged, tried and sent to Robben Is­land for seven years where he com­pleted his ma­tric in English and ob­tained his BEd de­gree.”

The Jo­han­nes­burg Her­itage Foun­da­tion will be of­fer­ing a brief bus tour that will in­clude the un­veil­ing to com­mem­o­rate the march by school chil­dren against the com­pul­sory medium of Afrikaans for sev­eral school sub­jects.

The route fol­lows the path of the march taken by the class of June 16.

It will then move on to the statue of Tsi­etsi Mashinini, op­po­site the Mor­ris Isaac­son School, and visit the June 16 mu­seum.

Back on to the bus and the tour will make its way to Mooki Street and the home of Seth Maz­ibuko, who was a mem­ber of the or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee.

Joburg may­oral com­mit­tee mem­ber for com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment Nonhlanhla Si­fumba will un­veil the plaque to hon­our Seth’s role and his sub­se­quent im­pris­on­ment at the Old Fort jail, which was fol­lowed by seven years on Robben Is­land.

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