MAMPARA OF THE WEEK

Si­fiso Mtsweni

Sunday Times - - Opinion -

Dead chair­men’s so­ci­ety

Even ca­sual stu­dents of South Africa’s his­tory will have heard of Solomon Mahlangu, the Umkhonto weSizwe soldier hanged by the apartheid gov­ern­ment in 1979 at age 22. But how many of us can claim to know the name Si­fiso Mtsweni? That may be about to change. As our Mampara this week, he is cer­tain to be­come bet­ter known for that than he is as the ex­ec­u­tive chair­man of the Na­tional Youth De­vel­op­ment Agency. And just to make sure of his en­dur­ing no­to­ri­ety, this Mampara has had his name carved in stone, on a new NYDA-do­nated tomb­stone mark­ing Mahlangu’s grave. He claims it was the Mahlangu fam­ily that in­sisted on carv­ing his name on the stone. Even if that was true, Mtsweni, you could have de­clined. You’re not dead yet, you’re just a Mampara!

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