June 16 1976, 40 years on

15 June 2016 @ 17:30 - 20:00


June 15, 2016
05:30 PM - 08:00 PM
Barratt Lecture Theatre 1
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Sibusiso Mtshali
046-603 7515

Seth Mazibuko as the Deputy Chairman of the Action Committee that planned and led June 16, 1976 Student march in Soweto and as the Deputy President of the SASM (age 15):

  •  He was the Vice Chairperson of the Action Committee that planned and led June 16, 1976 students march in Soweto. He was deputy to Tsietsie Mashinini, it will be appropriate to call him second in charge of the Student leaders in 1976.
  •  The Action Committee was elected at the YMCA/DOCC in Orlando East, in a meeting called by the South African Student Movement (SASM) which was the student body of the Black Consciousness Movement (with SASO - South African Student Organisation as the University student body
  •  He was elected the National Deputy President of SASM the same year in Wilgespruit in the AGM of SASM - All this happened at the age 15
  • The Action Committee was elected in a meeting of representatives of students of High Schools and the then Junior Secondary Schools of Soweto, the meeting was called by SASM to discuss the support of the schools that already three months in boycott - this was where the resolution to march on June 16, 1976 was taken. The meeting was on Sunday 13th June 1976, in Orlando East, DOCC?YMCA.

Seth Mazibuko as a student leader at Orlando West Junior Secondary School and the start of boycotts (Age 15):

  • In March 1976, Seth Mazibuko led students of Orlando West Junior Secondary out of the classroom  (Orlando West Junior Secondary is on the famous Vilakazi Street, in Soweto - Orlando West, next to the old house of the Mandela family and the Tutu family) - the first school to boycott classes to fight against the use of Afrikaans as the medium of instruction. That is the time in which he was recruited by SASM.


  • In May 1976 SASM called their AGM and invited Seth Mazibuko to come and give the report of what was happening in schools - at that time Senoane Junior Secondary, Belle Primary School (Orlando West) and Emthonjeni Primary School (Orlando East) had joined the boycott and supported by Orlando West Junior Secondary under the leadership of Seth Mazibuko

Seth Mazibuko in detention without trial (age 16):

  •   On 2nd July 1976 Seth Mazibuko was arrested at his home in Orlando East, after being in hiding for three months when he went to see parents and siblings.
  •   He was taken to Protea Police Station and Brixston Police Station and later to John Vorster Square.
  •   He was kept in under Section 6 of the Terrorism Act in Solitary Confinement for 18 months


Seth Mazibuko Community and Political Involvement (Age 16/17)

  •   Seth Mazibuko worked with SACC in the Dependents Conference - the Department of SACC that looked after children and families of those who were detained and imprisoned
  •  In the same year he was appointed coordinator of the "Free the Children Alliance" - a formation of local and international organisation fighting against the detention without trial of many children in 1976/77
  •   In 1977 Seth Mazibuko was elected the Chairperson of the Release Mandela Campaign ( and was the very last Chairperson) with Aubrey Mokoena (MP) as the General Secretary - Seth Mazibuko led youth in the RMC such as Cassius Lebese (The Current DG in the Presidency) Dali Mpofu (Former SABC CEO), Pascal Moloi (Commissioner: National Development Plan), Tiego Moseneke (One of the prominent lawyeras in SA - a younger brother Adv. Moseneke)  and the late Bheki Mlangeni - who was killed by a parcel bomb sent by the apartheid police

Seth Mazibuko in Detention again, on trial and as a Prisoner (Age 17/18):

  • Seth Mazibuko was arrested again in October 1977 in Queenstown in the Eastern Cape whilst in a mission of the organisation and after the banning of all the anti apartheid Orgnanisation, and the banning of the World newspaper and the arrest of leaders under Section 10 of the Internal Security Act, leaders such Dr Mothlana, Aubrey Mokoena, mamaHelen Khuzwayo, Thom Manthata, Fanyana Mazibuko, etc
  • He was brought back to the Transvaal (Gauteng) to stand trial with 10 other student leaders for their leadership in June 16, 1976 - the student leaders on trial included Chief Twala (passed on), Dan Motsitsi (MP) Seth Mazibuko (June 16 Youth Development Foundation); Sibongile Mthembu-Mkhabela (CEO Mandela Children's Fund) ;Murphy Morobe (CEO: Kagiso Media) and others, the four of the eleven including Seth Mazibuko got a prison sentence and the seven got suspended sentence - Set Mazibuko was the youngest in this trial
  • Seth Mazibuko, Dan Motsitsi and Murphy Morobe were sent to Robben Island Prison


Seth Mazibuko: Studies and Work:

  •   Whilst on Robben Island Seth Mazibuko completed Matric through correspondence and then registered and complited his B.Ed with UNISA
  •   Principal & Teacher: He came out of prison and worked as a teacher at Bophelo Institute, St Ansgars College and later became the principal of Bophelo Institute, Mike Morrison College, First National College
  •   UNISA: He continued to study with UNISA whilst being a teacher - B. ED Hon, M.Ed (UNISA)
  •   Clarke Atlanta University in the USA: He was invited as one of the African Scholars to work on joint dissertation for a joint doctorate investigating Education in the countries in economic, social and political   transition in Africa
  •   Missions & Studies: He was part of the SA Deligation to Scotland to study their education system; He was part of the Alias Frances for Education in Paris (France)
  •   Work:
  •   Worked for the Department of Education in KZN, Eastern Cape and North West in the areas of Education Management Development and Support
  •   Worked for the Swedish government in their Education programmes
  •   2010-2013: Technical Advisor and Support to KZN Premier's Office on the development of the KZN Human Resources DEvelopment Strategy
  •   Other:
  •  Currently serving in the Human Rights Commission, Committee on Immigrants and Xenophobia
  •  Serving as Chancellor: June 16 Youth Development Foundation,
  •  Currently Chief Operations Officer of the Moral Regeneration Movement


Born: 1960 June 15

Married to Lindelwa and father of two - Lizolunga (It will be well) and Zanempilo (Bring Life)

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