Teboho MacDonald Mashinini
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|Born||27 January 1957
Soweto central western Jabavu
|Cause of death||Severe Injury|
|Known for||1976 Student Uprising|
|Spouse(s)||Welma Albertine Wani Campbell|
|Children||Kiki Mashinini and Thembile Mashinini|
|Parent(s)||Nomkitha Virginia Mashinin, Ramothibi Mashinini|
|Relatives||Mpho Vincent Mashinini|
Teboho "Tsietsi" MacDonald Mashinini (born 27 January 1957 in Central Western Jabavu, Soweto, South Africa, died summer, 1990 in Conakry, Guinea), buried Avalon Cemetery, was the primary student leader of the Soweto Uprising that began in Soweto and spread across South Africa in June, 1976.
Mashinini was born in 1957. He was a bright, popular and successful student at Morris Isaacson High School in Soweto where he was the head of the debate team and president of the Methodist Youth Guild.
A move by South Africa's apartheid government to make the white, colonial language Afrikaans an equal mandatory language of education for all South Africans in conjunction with English was extremely unpopular with black and English-speaking South African students.
A student himself, Mashinini planned a mass demonstration by students for 16 June 1976. This demonstration which would become known as the Soweto Uprising lasted for three days during which several hundred people were killed, the majority of them black students.
Having been identified as the leader of the uprising by the South African government, Mashinini fled South Africa in exile, first to London then later to various other African countries, including Liberia where he was briefly married to Miss Liberia 1977, Welma Campbell.
He died under mysterious circumstances, possibly of AIDS, possibly of homicide, in the summer of 1990 while in exile in Guinea. His body was repatriated to South Africa on 4 August 1990 where he was interred in Avalon Cemetery. His grave bears the epitaph "Black Power."
- The African Activist Archive Project website includes a press release Leader of Soweto (South Africa) Uprising to Speak (New York: American Committee on Africa, December 1976).