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EWN Special Report: Authorities ready to assist man thought to be Mbuyisa Makhubu

It’s been suspected a man named Victor Vinnetou in Canada, is missing June 16 icon Mbuyisa Makhubu.

Picture: Reinart Toerien

JOHANNESBURG - South Africa's High Commissioner to Canada Membathisi Mdladlana says he is standing ready to assist a man thought to be a South African detainee in Toronto.

It has been suspected that Victor Vinnetou is the missing June 16th icon Mbuyisa Makhubu, but attempts to confirm this have now stalled.

An initial DNA test came back negative, and Vinnetou has since officially stated he is not Makhubu.

Makhubu famously carried a dying Hector Pieterson during the 1976 Soweto Uprising and then disappeared into exile two years later.

In 2013, a delegation of South African officials went to see Vinnetou in detention and photographs were taken of him in an ANC t-shirt.

Some who are close to Makhubu still maintain he is Vinnetou.

Mdladlana says there is currently no process in place to assist Vinnetou.

"We're waiting patiently to hear what the next step is going to be."

It's understood a second DNA test, to confirm a match, is on the cards.

He adds that attempts to confirm Vinnetou's identity have been on ice for months.

"There are no other attempts at the moment, except the call I received saying they'll send a team here."

For a four-part podcast series & to find out more about Mbuyisa Makhubu go to EWN 's special feature ' Through the Cracks: The untold story of Mbuyisa Makhubu'.

To listen to 'Through the Cracks, the Untold Story of Mbuyisa Makhubu', _ click here_.