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Hlako Rachidi – a leader of courage who defied the apartheid government

Hlako Rachidi – a leader of courage who defied the apartheid government

MATHATHA TSEDU THE picture has become as iconic as the one of the battered face of Steve in the coffin. But this is one of supreme defiance. The scene is Bantu Biko’s funeral on September 25, 1977, in Ginsberg outside King Williamstown. In it, Kenny Hlako(correct) Rachidi, clad in a long gold dashiki and a necklace, stands with a raised clenched right-hand fist, the left hand pulling up the long dashiki. The fist seems to touch the banner behind him, a banner of the Black People’s Convention (BPC), with its signature emblem of two chained hands with the chain however…
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Farewell Bra Saul, unsung, humble and selfless hero

Farewell Bra Saul, unsung, humble and selfless hero

MATHATHA TSEDU WE first met at a Black People’s Convention (BPC) meeting outside Sibasa in the then Venda Bantustan in the mid seventies. There weren’t too many people in the meeting, there never was those days, as security police always monitored such gatherings and afterwards visited some of those attending. We just greeted and shook hands, no introductions, none was asked for and none proffered. At such meetings you took whatever information was given, and did not ask for more. If the person thought you should get more they would give it without prompting, when you asked for it, you…
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