Sipho Mabena
Premium Journalist
4 minute read
26 Jun 2021
6:00 am

Bongani Hlatshwayo: activist for vulnerable farm dwellers

Sipho Mabena

He has received so many death threats, mainly from white farmers and then black farm managers, but said thankfully he has not been hurt yet.

CHAMPION FOR JUSTICE. Bongani Hlatshwayo, organiser for the Workers and Labour Tenants Association in Piet Retief, is a brave and deeply caring man. Pictures: Jacques Nelles

To stay safe and survive to see another day, Bongani Hlatshwayo, 56, leader of the SA Workers and Labour Tenants Association in Piet Retief in Mpumalanga, has at times had to disguise himself as a woman or old man. Born in Zola, Soweto, he left the then Transvaal when he was three years old with his family and completed his standard 9 (Grade 11) at Mkhomazi Secondary School in Breyten, KwaZanele location in Mpumalanga in 1981. He had to drop out of school due financial troubles and took a job as a clerk at a colliery mine, which did not...