Bonginkosi Yona

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Biographical information

Synopsis:

Minor, Worker, Casualty

First name: 
Bonginkosi
Last name: 
Yona
Date of death: 
16 August 2012

Bonginkosi Yona (32) was from MaQhashu, Ladyfere in the Eastern Cape. He began working for Lonmin in 2010.

On 16 August 2012 Bonginkosi was killed at scene 1 after being shot 3 times in the back by the police.

He left behind his wife, two young children and brother, whom he supported financially. Bonginkosi's son was only 7 days old when he was killed.

According to his wife, Nandipha Gunuza, "Bonginkosi was an honest person. He loved soccer. We would go to the stadium together to watch matches. He was also a religious person. He would convince me to go to church even when I did not feel like going. People really trusted him. They would come to him when they sought advice. He liked to tell jokes. He was the pillar of my family."

Last updated : 10-Aug-2016

This article was produced for South African History Online on 10-Aug-2016