Martinus Boshomane

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Martinus Boshomane, was banished from Malobana settlement near Setumong [some distance away from Matlala's Location, Pietersburg District, (Northern) Transvaal, now Polokwane, Limpopo Province] to Natives Reserve 8 (Mandini), Mtunzini District, Natal  [now KwaZulu-Natal] on 19 January 1955.

He professed to be extremely puzzled by his banishment and could not establish the reasons, as he was living in Paulpietersburg [Natal, now KwaZulu-Natal] during the gaMatlala struggles.

Reportedly, Boshomane was banished because Acting Chief Alfred Matlala accused him of threatening to kill him. Boshomane’s partner, Daisy, and four children joined him in banishment. However, the Boshomane’s twin sons Leburu and Elias fled to Johannesburg. Leburu rejoined the family later but his twin brother Elias has not been seen since.

His order was withdrawn on 9 September 1966.

• Contribution by Professor S. Badat on Banishment, Rhodes University, 2012. From the book, Forgotten People - Political Banishment under Apartheid by Professor S. Badat.

Last updated : 15-Jan-2013

This article was produced for South African History Online on 15-Jan-2013