Mzwanele Benjamin Mqanto

11 March 1959–18 January 2010 (Age 50)
East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa

The Life of Mzwanele Benjamin

When Mzwanele Benjamin Mqanto was born on 11 March 1959, in East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa, his father, Tallie Mqanto, was 39 and his mother, Tokazi Mafaya, was 37. He died on 18 January 2010, in his hometown, at the age of 50.

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Tallie Mqanto
Tokazi Mafaya
Zwelitsha Sonny Mqanto
Nongeniselo Mqanto
Nonkululeko Cynthia Mqanto
Mzwanele Benjamin Mqanto

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World Events (8)


Age 2

Republic of South Africa established on May 31, quits Commonwealth. Month-long police raids, 8,000 arrested. Pretoria court acquits twenty-eight activists, including ANC leaders Nelson Mandela and Walter Sisulu.

Age 3

UN General Assembly calls for sanctions against South Africa. Nelson Mandela sentenced to five years in prison for inciting unrest, traveling abroad without a passport.

Age 17

Worst racial violence in history in Soweto. 575 reported dead.

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