This amazing photograph, part of the Rise and Fall of Apartheid exhibition at Museum Africa in Newtown, was taken by Noel Watson, for the Rand Daily Mail, on the eve of National Party Minister Piet Koornhof being granted the Freedom of Soweto in October, 1980. The satirist Pieter-Dirk Uys said satire died in South Africa when Koornhof was accorded this honour, because how on earth could any satirist top that? The 17-year-old peacemaker in the photo is Thabo Sefatsa, who still lives in Soweto, where he works as a self-employed electrician. He in now 52, and was tracked down by City Press for a feature last year.


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