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THE AZANIAN / Trailer Border Crossing It was in September 1976 when I left my beloved country, the warmth of my family, the loving care of my mother and everything sweet about Bushbuckridge. All of…

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A story of a June 1976 survivor

THE AZANIAN / Trailer
Border Crossing
I
t was in September 1976 when I left my beloved
country, the warmth of my family, the loving
care of my mother and everything sweet about
Bushbuckridge.
All of that was going to disappear, maybe never to be
seen again. There was no time nor space for tears,
even if I could have tried, my eyes were dry, and that
night, should I have stayed, I would have probably
broken my virginity.
After we had done the risky and successful stowaway
on the train from Bushbuckridge to Malelane train
station, where getting caught could have resulted in
us aborting our mission and also in imprisonment
with additional charges, we took a taxi and it dropped
us with dimmed headlights about 400 metres from
the border. This was so we could walk towards the border.

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…Today as I woke up early in morning of Duemsday, I realised I was upside-down sticking like glue on the ceiling…. Underneath, I could easily observe humans spraying themselves with unknown aerosol sprays,.. and when I was about to.. spread my wings and…. I’m Thabiso Monkoe author of THE AZANIANfb_img_1479613536904

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​Thabiso Monkoe was 

born in 1960. In 1976 

he was one of the students 

who mobilised for the upris-

ings resulting in the June 

1976 Soweto uprising. He is 

a June’76 survivor and activ-

ist. Thabiso studied Dental 

technology and Biochemistry at Munster University 

in West Germany, while in exile. In 1998 he joined 

the South African National Defence Force and was 

placed in the Logistics Department in 1 Military 

Hospital and later promoted to Lieutenant Colonel 

and deployed to the Defence Force Headquarters as 

a Project Officer for the acquisition of Chemical and 

Biological Defence Systems. Currently he is a retired 


military veteran and a hobby Photographer.

THE AZANIAN 

​Thabiso Monkoe was 

born in 1960. In 1976 

he was one of the students 

who mobilised for the upris-

ings resulting in the June 

1976 Soweto uprising. He is 

a June’76 survivor and activ-

ist. Thabiso studied Dental 

technology and Biochemistry at Munster University 

in West Germany, while in exile. In 1998 he joined 

the South African National Defence Force and was 

placed in the Logistics Department in 1 Military 

Hospital and later promoted to Lieutenant Colonel 

and deployed to the Defence Force Headquarters as 

a Project Officer for the acquisition of Chemical and 

Biological Defence Systems. Currently he is a retired 

military veteran and a hobby Photographer.