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Remembering Enoch Sontonga

Remembering Enoch Sontonga

Enoch Sontonga, a teacher and lay preacher from the Eastern Cape, died in obscurity, aged just 33. But he left an indelible legacy. His hymn, Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika went on to become Africa's most famous anthem of black struggle against oppression.
The day Hector Pieterson died

The day Hector Pieterson died

"I saw a child fall down. Under a shower of bullets I rushed forward and went for the picture. It had been a peaceful march, the children were told to disperse, they started singing Nkosi Sikelele. The police were ordered to shoot." These are the words of Sam Nzima, whose famous photograph of a dying Hector Pieterson encapsulated the anger and tragedy of a day that, 30 years ago, changed the course of SA history.

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