Teboho MacDonald Mashinini
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Teboho MacDonald Mashinini

Teboho MacDonald Mashinini
Born27 January 1957
Soweto central western Jabavu
Cause of deathSevere Injury
NationalitySouth African
Other namesTsietsi
EducationMorris Isaacson High School
OccupationPolitical Activist
Known for1976 Student Uprising
SuccessorKhotso Seatlholo
Welma Albertine Wani Campbell
ChildrenKiki Mashinini and Thembile Mashinini
Parent(s)Nomkhitha Virginia Mashinini, Ramothibi Mashinini
RelativesMpho Vincent Mashinini

Teboho "Tsietsi" MacDonald Mashinini (born 27 January 1957 - 1990) 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[1] in Soweto where he was the head of the debate team and president of the Methodist Wesley Guild .

A move by South Africa's apartheid government to make the 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.[1] 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 homicide, in the summer of 1990 while in exile in Guinea.[2] 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."[3]


There is a statue of Teboho Mashinini by Johannes Phokela in the grounds of his old school that was unveiled on 1 May 2010 by Amos Masondo, the Mayor of Johannesburg.[4]

See also


  1. ^ a b Mecoamere, Victor (27 May 2013). "Naledi High turns 50". Sowetan Live. Retrieved 2013.
  2. ^ "Tsietsi died of AIDS" Archived 30 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "The homecoming that wasn't"
  4. ^ "Unveiling of the Tsietsi Mashinini statue". joburg.org.za. Retrieved 2013.

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