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but we all got the same por­tions. That was about shar­ing and be­ing con­sid­er­ate, sur­vival was in­ter­de­pen­dent, we did ev­ery­thing to­gether,” she said.

We were sit­ting in a buzzing restau­rant in the Cape Town CBD when a man sit­ting at a ta­ble across from ours came over to shake Khoza’s hand and com­mend her for her fight­ing spirit.

She smiled graciously as she wel­comed the ap­pre­ci­a­tion with warmth.

Though her fam­ily was not very po­lit­i­cal, her grandmother con­sci­en­tised her from an early age to a point where she be­came an ac­tivist at 12, be­fore leav­ing home at 13.

Khoza at the time was also an en­tre­pre­neur, sell­ing fried fish and pop­corn at school and to peo­ple in the neigh­bour­hood. Her po­lit­i­cal turn­ing point came after a friend told her of a place in the city where she could get her fish cheaper.

“When I went into the city, I saw these white kids who were not bare­foot like me. I was walk­ing bare­foot and they were rid­ing bi­cy­cles. They had all these nice houses and sud­denly I saw the chil­dren were swim­ming in a sparkling blue pool and here I was swim­ming in the river, the dirty wa­ter.”

In search of a bal­ance be­tween the “in­jus­tices” she be­lieved were en­acted upon black peo­ple, Khoza be­came in­volved in the youth move­ment.

“I was very in­quis­i­tive; then I joined a youth move­ment called DCO Mati­wane be­fore I be­came part of the Eden­dale Youth. I was 12 at the time and that is when I came across the Free­dom Char­ter, which was the first po­lit­i­cal doc­u­ment which made sense to me. It be­gan to sen­si­tise me that ac­tu­ally I was not get­ting the same ed­u­ca­tion as those peo­ple, It was be­gin­ning to talk about racism and that we needed to have a non-racial so­ci­ety. “That is how I be­came

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ANC MP Makhosi Khoza says she was in­sulted when she or­dered not to vote against Zuma.

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