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date: 19 October 2020

Mazwai, Thandiswalocked

(31 Mar. 1976– ), musician,
  • Jeremy Rich


was born in a rural area in the Transkei region, Eastern Cape Province, South Africa. She was raised in Soweto township outside of the city of Johannesburg. Her father was Thami Mazwai, an activist who was jailed at times for his open opposition to apartheid. He later went on to be the editor of The Sowetan newspaper in the 1980s before becoming a prominent official in a succession of different African National Congress governments after the fall of apartheid Her mother died when Mazwai was young She had five siblings including the poet Ntsiki Mazwai Both her parents encouraged her to follow their example of political activism and reporting In part because of their influence Mazwai read the works of radical thinkers such as Frantz Fanon and Kwame Nkrumah After being subjected to a poor education in Soweto primary schools thanks to apartheid policy toward Bantu education Mazwai had ...

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