Ward 19 – encompassing the area of Kwazakhele – is presently under the stewardship of ANC Councillor TM Jacobs
Notable Kwazakhele mentions:
Vuyisile Mini was born in 1920 in Tsomo in rural Transkei. Mini’s father who was born in Tsomo and later moved to Port Elizabeth as a young man was a Port Elizabeth dockworker active in labour and community struggles, which inspired Mini, at 17, to take part in bus fare and rent increase protests. He was also active in campaigns against forced removals of Black people from Korsten (where he lived) to Kwazakhele. After completing elementary school, he worked as a labourer and trade union organiser.
In 1961, Mini was one of the first group of people to be recruited into uMkhonto we Sizwe (MK), and become a member of the Eastern Cape High Command. Mini was arrested on 10 May 1963 together with two other prominent ANC members, Wilson Khayinga and Zinakile Mkaba. They were charged with 17 counts of sabotage and other political crimes including complicity in the January 1963 death of Sipho Mange, an alleged police informer.
In March 1964 the three were sentenced to death. This provoked an international outcry, and clemency appeals by President Nasser of the United Arab Republic, on behalf of the Non-aligned States, and by Secretary-General U Thant of the United Nations were unsuccessful. So too were approaches by the UN Special Committee on Apartheid and the UN Security Council. Mini, Wilson Khayinga and Zinakile Mkaba were hanged in the Pretoria Central Prison on 6 November 1964. Mini went to the gallows singing freedom songs, some he had composed. In a spirit of defiance, Mini made a death row statement after an approach by security police to get him to bear witness against comrades.
Daniel ‘Cheeky’ Watson grew up on a farm near Somerset East, in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. His father was a lay preacher who taught his sons Daniel, Valence, Ronald, and Gavin that all people are equal. Watson attended Graeme College boarding school in Grahamstown, where he began playing rugby union. He later captained the Graeme College side.
After completing compulsory National Service, Watson returned to Port Elizabeth, where he played for the Crusaders Rugby Club.
As a 21-year-old, Watson played for the Eastern Province team which lost by 28 points to 13 to the visiting All Blacks in 1976. Mona Badela, black journalist and president of the KwaZakhele Rugby Union (Kwaru), invited him to practise his Christian convictions by coaching a black side in the townships. When Watson took the black rugby team to practise at the Saint George’s sports ground in Port Elizabeth, they met with strong opposition.
Watson was selected as a wing for the Junior Springboks in 1976. However he declined an invitation to participate in the trails for the 1976 senior Springbok team. He joined the Spring Rose Rugby Football Club in the black township of New Brighton, Port Elizabeth, which was affiliated with Kwaru. His wing partner was Zola Yeye, later manager of the 2007 Springbok squad.
On 10 October 1976, Watson and Valence played with 13 black players for Kwaru against the South Eastern Districts Rugby Union (Sedru) in the Dan Qeqe stadium in KwaZakhele township. Local authorities and the Crusaders Rugby Club tried to dissuade him from participating Inter-racial sports meetings were at that time prohibited in terms of the apartheid-era Group Areas Act and the Separate Amenities Act. Armored vehicles circled the stadium, and Watson and brother Valence had to lie flat on the floor of a taxi that transported black Africans. The black rugby team regularly stayed in the Watson’s home.
By 1978 the Watson family had been drawn into the anti-apartheid struggle, with dual membership in the then-banned African National Congress and South African Communist Party. Brother Ronnie reportedly gathered intelligence for such organisations.
The Watsons were subsequently threatened, ostracised, and shot at. Their home was burned down in 1986. Friends stopped visiting, either because they were being threatened by authorities, or because they disagreed with the Watsons’ political stance.
Today Daniel Watson is the president of the Eastern Province Rugby Union based in Port Elizabeth, which operates the Eastern Province Kings Currie Cup team and is also the co-owner of the Southern Kings team which was launched in June 2009 and will play Super Rugby from 2016 onwards.
Zolani Petelo (born 21 September 1975 in Kwazakhele) is a retired South African boxer and former IBF minimumweight champion.
Petelo turned professional in 1993, and accumulated a record of 10-2-2 before receiving his first shot at a world title in 1997.
As a significant underdog, Petelo scored a fourth round knockout over long reigning IBF Minimumweight champion Ratanapol Sor Vorapin, ending the Thai champion’s streak of 20 consecutive title fight victories. Petelo successfully defended his title 5 times against challengers Faisol Akbar, Carmelo Caceres, Eric Jamili, Juanito Rubillar, and Mickey Cantwell. He vacated the title in 2001 in order to move up in weight.
On 29 September 2001, Petelo unsuccessfully challenged IBF Light Flyweight champion Ricardo López, losing by 8th round knockout.
Following the loss to Lopez, Petelo would remain inactive for the following three and a half years. In 2005, he returned to the ring against former IBO champion Zolile Mbityi, losing a closely contested 8 round majority decision. After suffering another decision loss, Petelo retired from the sport of boxing.
Ntobeko “Ntosh” Madlingozi is a South African entrepreneur and stand-up comedian best known as a judge on the SABC1 reality competition talent show So You Think You’re Funny!.
Madlingozi holds a BCom in marketing and a diploma in PC engineering.
Born in Kwazakhele, Port Elizabeth, Ntosh has performed at such comedy events as The Heavyweight Comedy Jam, the Blacks Only comedy showcase, the 99% Xhosa Comedy Show and Comedy 2008.
He also had a guest starring role in an episode of the Vuzu sitcom Check-Coast, in 2014.
Nomfusi Gotyana is a South African singer and performer of Afro-Soul music. She was born in the township of KwaZhakele in the Eastern Cape. Her mother Kwazibani (“Who Knows?” in English) raised her while her father languished in jail for 21 years. A domestic worker by day, Kwazibani was a sangoma (African medicine woman) with a gift for music. Nomfusi accompanied her mother to the weekly sangoma rituals (“Intlombe”) where Nomfusi developed her musicality. She is a two-time SAMA nominee, Metro FM Award nominee and performed on multiple local and international tours.
Since launching her singing career in 2009, Nomfusi appeared at festivals including WOMAD in England, FMM Sines in Portugal. Her performances have been described by critics locally and overseas as “an absolute riot to watch and hear”, “a refreshing blast of energy”. The Swazi Observer named her “best artist in the overall line-up” at the 2011 Bushfire Festival.
She has been profiled on television and in the press. She performed live on “LIVE AMP” (SABC1), AFROCAFE, MORNING LIVE, with feature articles in Drum, True Love, Destiny, ‘Fair Lady, and Cosmopolitan.
Nondumiso Maphazi became the first woman executive mayor of the Nelson Mandela Metro in 2006. Maphazi once worked for a year as a petrol attendant at Louis Marx Motors in Walmer.
Whilst working at the service station, Maphazi studied and obtained one diploma after the other and soon started to climb her ladder of success.
“My aim was to be a leading figure one day. I never lost faith because I knew God would put me there. I am proud and very excited to be appointed by the ANC to lead the council.”
Kwazakhele-born Maphazi, is a divorcee and mother of three.
Prior to her appointment Maphazi was chairperson of the infrastructure, engineering, electricity and energy portfolio in the municipality. Her appointment ended months of intense speculation about who would succeed Nceba Faku. Maphazi is the former secretary of the ANC Women’s League in Motherwell, Port Elizabeth, and in 1995 was appointed regional secretary of the ANC Women’s League. She was also on the ANC’s regional executive committee.
A registered nurse with midwifery, primary health care and HIV/Aids counselling experience, she also holds a diploma in project management and completed her MA degree in public administration at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.
In November 2009, Nondumiso Maphazi was removed as Nelson Mandela Bay executive mayor and replaced by Zanoxolo Wayile.
Maphazi then became a special adviser to the Eastern Cape Premier Ms Noxolo Kiviet and in 2012 was appointed as one of the appointed nine commissioners to the Commission for Gender Equality by President Jacob Zuma.
Date: October 12, 2015 15:15
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