Mandela House & Hector Peterson Memorial
You will also visit the home of former President Nelson Mandela in Orlando West, a four-room house in Soweto where he lived during the late 1950’s and early 1960’s and again immediately after his release from prison in 1990
The Hector Pieterson Museum opens on Youth Day, 16 June, but don’t expect to come away with an image of what Hector looked like – the family do not have a single snapshot of their famous son.
Hector, 12, was one of the first casualties of the Soweto uprising of 16 June, 1976, when over 500 people were killed as they protested over the imposition of Afrikaans as a medium of instruction in township schools. A news photograph of the dying Hector being carried by a fellow student was published around the world. Shortly afterwards journalists approached the Pieterson family for pictures of Hector. Photographs were handed over with a promise they would be returned – but they weren’t.
Now, 26 years later, the search for the photographs continues, with the chief curator of the Museum, Ali Hlongwane, saying: “We have the phone number of one of the photographers, now retired; who we hope will give us a photo.” So you won’t see snapshots of Hector but what you will see is one of Sam Nzima’s six photographs showing the unconscious Hector being carried by fellow student Mbuyisa Makhubo, with Hector’s sister, Antoinette Sithole, running alongside.
When you visit the museum you will get to see Antoinette herself, as she will be working at the museum, giving guided tours.
Late Lunch at Wandies – Soweto