1993 : Mngadi Section

Growing up at Mngadi Section – Katlehong – Ekurhuleni/Eastrand. The days that followed the 10th April 1993 were challenging not only to those who were politically active but to the rest of the neighborhood.

The build up to the funeral services at FNB stadium was more interesting as there was talk that the IFP would be compiling a list of people who were going to attend the funeral service.

After the funeral, IFP members from Kwesine male hostel attacked the communities of Shirley, Mngadi, Radebe and surrounding sections. Those who had cars managed to run away and those who couldn’t were killed. Houses were burnt down.

My parents managed to take few clothes and by the grace of God, all family members made it to a place of safety. Since then my parents have never managed to give us a life that we were used to.

Since then, family life changed. I had to move to Limpopo and stay with my grandparents. I guess everything came as a shock, even my parents relationship was broken.

I am aware of few kids I grew up with, currently they are orphans. Their parents were killed because one parent or botg went to attend the Chris Hani funeral service.

Not only the Hani, SACP, MK or ANC lost in 1993, many other people lost differently.

President Nelson Mandela addressing the Republic of South Africa, after comrade Chris Sithembisile Hani was killed outside his house on a Sunday morning.

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Nakulorhi

Munghana wa masiku hinkwawo.
Mpfhuka ndzi tswariwa uri na mina.
Switsundzoxo swa ku.
Swindzi pfuna eka minkarhi leyo tala.
Swivutiso swaku swindzi pfuna ku twisisa eka ma n’wana masiku.
U rhamba vutivi ndzi ngana byo.
Minkarhi yi n’wana wa ndzi lahlekisa
Minkarhi yin’wana undzi nyika nkhikhi woya emahlweni.

Hi ko kwalaho ka wena,
Ndzi tshama ndzi lava ku lota vutivi bya mina.
Loko ndzi ti endla lolo
Wena undzi susumetele ku ti antswisa
Minkarhi yi n’wana wani xisetela.
U ndzi chochoverisa hi nhova
U ndzi endla ndzi tshemba leswaku ndzi le ndleleni yo anama

Siku rin’wana ni rin’wana
Mina na wena ha bula.
Nkarhi wun’wana uyingisela milorho ya mina
Ngopfu loko ndzi ti xisa
Ndzi ti byela vun’wa leswaku ndzi tiva hinkwaswo
Undzi tshika ndzi hanya ebyongweni bya nga

Wena marito ya byongo bya nga
Uvile Nakulorhi mpfhuka ndzi tswariwa
Na namuntlha wa hari na mina.
Loko ndzi ri ndzexe wani hungusa,
Undzi tsundzuxa ta khale
Ni leswi ndzi faneke ku swi endla.
loko ndzi homboloko, uva ripfalo ra mina.