Kgati Sathekge interviewed by David Wiley
May 16, 2006 Pretoria, South Africa.
"Something snapped within me when I saw young people being killed... I felt that we should retaliate in whatever way we could because the police were very brutal." [3:18]
Kgati Sathekge, who was a student in Atteridgeville, an African township of Pretoria, describes his reaction to the police killing students and the devastating effect his activism had on his life.
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Kgati Sathekge was born in 1959 and lived in Atteridgeville, an African township of Pretoria. He was active in organizing students in the Pretoria area in response to the police brutality against the Soweto student uprising of June 1976. He was detained for six months and was charged with sabotage, but was found not guilty. His arrest in 1977 was very traumatic, and he lost use of his legs for three months. While studying theology at Rhodes University, he joined the African National Congress underground, and went into exile in 1980 first in Swaziland and then in Mozambique. Sathekge came to the United States where he earned a B.A. degree in journalism and worked in the anti-apartheid movement as an ANC member. He returned to South Africa, where he works in the Communications Directorate of the Department of Social Welfare.