Al­tar boy, flute player and wiz­ard

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Kgalema Mot­lanthe was an al­tar boy who wanted to be­come a priest, but when the Angli­can Church awarded him a bur­sary to study in Swazi­land, his ap­pli­ca­tion for travel doc­u­ments was turned down by the apartheid gov­ern­ment. His po­lit­i­cal in­ter­est was sparked by Fa­ther Trevor Hud­dle­ston’s book Naught for Your Com­fort. While im­pris­oned on Robben Is­land, Mot­lanthe taught him­self to play the flute and he even­tu­ally learnt to read and write mu­sic. As a youth (in the cen­tre of pic­ture on the left) he was also a gifted soc­cer player whose nick­name was ‘Wiz­ard’

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