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How Aaron "Mbazo" Mokoena survived massacre

By Mogomotsi Selebi | Jun 20, 2011 | COMMENTS [ 32 ]

FORMER Bafana Bafana captain Aaron "Mbazo" Mokoena survived the Boipatong massacre to become a great soccer player.

Mokoena was only 12 years old at the time of the massacre in 1992. His family had to think quickly to save him.

"My mother dressed me in my sister's clothes and we hid at the Boipatong community hall. It was very sad and I only realised just how bad the following day," Mokoena said on Friday, on the 19th anniversary of the massacre.

Forty-five people were killed when Kwa-Madala hostel residents went on a rampage.

"I am glad that my family survived and I didn't lose any friends. The reason my mother dressed me in my sister's clothes was that young boys were being targeted.

"The following day we saw people coming back from work crying. That was when we realised just how serious the situation was. So it is important for young people, especially, not to forget this day," he said.

Sedibeng district municipality mayor Mahole Mofokeng recalled that fateful night.

"People were attacked and those who survived were maimed. The following day Winnie Mandela came. Later on Chris Hani also came.

"Later that afternoon FW de Klerk also came. His vehicle was stoned and it's a good thing that the police were there because it could have been worse.

"We are not victims, but rather survivors. We must create opportunities for young people to make a living for themselves," he said.

Mokoena and members of the Sedibeng municipality handed out blankets to the elderly at the stadium.

"The municipality, together with the Aaron Mokoena Foundation, donated blankets to the elderly.

"I will also give needy children at my former school, Makapane Primary, uniforms," he said.

COMMENTS [ 32 ]

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1st: Sowetan this is a old story why you reprinting this?
Trying to shine some light on Mbazo?
Get over it.

2nd: Mbazo is the most capped player of Bafana who got nothing to show for it.

the truth is Mbazo was the most useless Captain to ever be appointed to Bafana and we paid the price. not to menton the goal he coused us @ the world cup when he ducked the ball..

What captain (last line of defence) ducks the ball??

Sorry but i dont see where "great soccer player" fits you...

Jun 20, 2011 7:39 | 0 replies

Cha niya comment bo ma bloggers!!! LOL!!!

Jun 20, 2011 10:53 | 0 replies

People with bad attitudes have significantly higher rates of stress and disease. Someone’s mental state plays a huge role in their physical health. If someone’s making life miserable for people around them, you can be sure they’re doing worse for themselves...Too much negativity amongst us [SouthAfricans] is it ignorance or what? why kanti?..Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will.”……… Adopting the right attitude can convert a negative stress into a positive one...Mbazo have done more good than bad as some of you would like to argue

Jun 20, 2011 11:28 | 0 replies

I fail to understand where Mbazo's football career fit in here. Why call him "inkomo" when he is telling SA about his massacre survival? Grow up people. if you have nothing to offer us on this platform, then shut up. Mbazo might not be my hero but i'm a south African and i celebrate South African citizens achievements.

Jun 20, 2011 11:33 | 0 replies

The commentators here are more stupid than DA voters.

Jun 20, 2011 11:38 | 0 replies

@Strowza its a diversion.../

Jun 20, 2011 12:8 | 0 replies

There is no proof that he was there - what we have proof of is that he was there in that field in 2010 when he ducked that ball...

Jun 20, 2011 12:16 | 0 replies

@TKay - LOL, wa rumulana ne? Anyway, Mbazo kgale are jesa man!

Jun 20, 2011 12:43 | 0 replies

Mbazo is only famous for injuring Beckham's pinky finger. Over and above that, yaaaaaaaaaaaawn !Maybe it would be something if he said his scar was from a near death experience ! Kapoooowww !

Jun 20, 2011 2:2 | 0 replies

@ Baba_T

First off all Mbazo was not utilized on his strengths.
Did you know that Mbazo is a defensive middle fielder?
Guess not! He was played out of position hence he would make so many mistakes in the match. Imagine playing a defensive-middle-field role for two months or even three, the next thing you are called for national duty and then you have to re-adjust to the position which you last played two months ago? Does it make sense, dont think so. Blame it on the technical team and of course the coach.

And secondly Mbazo has a football academy, not every one gets that opportunity to have one. Something for you to think about.

Jun 20, 2011 2:4 | 0 replies

who is Mbazo now??

Jun 20, 2011 2:19 | 0 replies