Justice Malala grew up in Bophuthatswana, reflects on Lucas Mangope's death

Former head of the apartheid creation Bophuthatswana, Lucas Mangope, has died.

Political analyst Justice Malala reflects on growing up in the Bantustan or 'homeland' of Bophuthatswana - and remarks on how when he heard Stephen Grootes playing the anthem on air, he still remembered every word.

He admits as a young child not realising the nature of the apartheid 'homeland' policy.

As a kid, I didn't realise there was something wrong with this, I just knew this was authority.

Justice Malala, political analyst and commentator

He says as a seven-year-old boy, growing up in a village near Hammanskraal, after so-called independence in 1977, they were forced to sing that anthem.

The they 1980s arrived, he recalls.

I remember listening with my brother, as Zimbabe gained its independence, and it was a time when people were beginning to say - what is going on here?

Justice Malala, political analyst and commentator

He says the propaganda from the Mangope regime, was that those living in Bophuthatswana 'were free'.

But we knew we were not free, because apartheid was in full force, but the sham independence of Bophuthatswana, was in full swing.

Justice Malala, political analyst and commentator

For him, the 80s was a time of realising the truth about what was really going on.

Listen as Malala poignantly describes his political turning point and life in Bophuthatswana under Mangope rule:


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