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A PLAY about the life and times of Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK) cadre Andrew Zondo, who was tried, convicted and hanged for exploding a bomb in a shopping mall in the 1980s, opens today at the Windybrow Theatre in Johannesburg.
Zondo was 19 in 1985, making him one of the youngest freedom fighters to be executed.
Twenty-four years after his execution for the Amanzimtoti mall bombing, Zondo remains a controversial and polarising figure in South Africa's political history.
No Tears - The Life and Times of Andrew Zondo, a role alternately played by twin brothers Musawenkosi and Bongumusa Shabalala, is being staged at the revamped Windybrow Theatre.
The story is poised to stir emotions among those who vividly remember the chain of events from the bomb until Zondo's trial, conviction and sentence.
"It's a remarkable story of hope, pain, freedom and forgiveness. Some have not heard of Andrew Zondo, many others know about the Amanzimtoti bombing but lack insight into who Andrew Zondo really was," says Jerry Pooe, writer and director of the play.
"He was both celebrated as a hero and vilified as a callous murderer. Through this play, I wanted to tell both sides of the story and to give a broader understanding of Zondo's character. Not just as a political activist but also as a member of a loving and close-knit family," explains Pooe.
Pooe drew on a range of research resources, including a series of interviews with Zondo conducted by Fatima Meer for her book The Trial of Andrew Zondo. After 12 months of research and writing, Pooe completed the play early last year.
Other cast members are Xolani Henema, Siphindile Myeni, Nhlakanipho Mapumulo and Dennis Mbhele.
The show runs until July 25.