Mbuyisa Makhubo

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Mbuyisa Makhubo (born 1957 or 1958) is the 18-year old South African school boy seen carrying Hector Pieterson in a famous photograph taken after the latter was shot during the Soweto Uprising in 1976.[1]

After the photograph was released, he was harassed by the security services, and was forced to flee South Africa. His mother, Nombulelo Makhubo, told the Truth and Reconciliation Commission that she received a letter from him from Nigeria in 1978, but that she had not heard from him since.[2]

In 2013, claims emerged that a man imprisoned in Canada for the previous eight years on immigration charges was Makhubo.[3] Genetic tests are currently being carried out in order to determine if this man is indeed Mbuyisa Makhubo.[4]

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  1. ^ Khangale, Ndivhuwo (2005). "Mystery around June 16 icon lingers on". IOL news. Retrieved 19 June 2013. 
  2. ^ Sosibo, Kwanele. "http://mg.co.za/article/2014-06-12-red-herrings-plague-search-for-mbuyisa-makhubu". Mail and Guardian. Retrieved 16 June 2014. 
  3. ^ "Spotlight on Makhubo’s DNA tests ahead of Youth Day". Retrieved 16 June 2014. 
  4. ^ "http://citizen.co.za/195625/dept-verifying-mbuyisa-makhubo-dna-tests/". The Citizen. Retrieved 16 June 2014.