Dirco denies it's covering up information about Mbuyisa Makhubu

Makhubu is the man photographed carrying Hector Pieterson during the Soweto Uprising in 1976.

FILE: 12 year-old Hector Pieterson (seen on the picture at L) was shot on 16 June, 1976 during the Soweto uprising that today is a symbol of resistance to the brutality of the apartheid government. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco) says government is not intentionally covering up information about missing June 16th icon Mbuyisa Makhubu.

Makhubu, who was photographed carrying Hector Pieterson during the Soweto Uprising in 1976, disappeared in exile in Nigeria in 1979.

Members of his family believe a Canadian detainee named Victor Vinnetou is Makhubu.

Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa, former minister Paul Mashatile, the Home Affairs Department and the African National Congress (ANC) have not commented on the issue.

But Dirco spokesperson Nelson Kgwete says government is prepared to follow every lead.

"The interviews that our embassy has done with the man in Canada has so far drawn blanks, particularly as a result of the DNA test that has come back as negative."

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