Mbuyisa Makhubu investigation leads to policy change in Canada

Makhubu famously carried a dying Hector Pieterson during the 1976 Soweto Uprising.

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 - Questions about a man thought to be June 16 icon Mbuyisa Makhubu have this week led Canadian ministers to announce a change in policy, regarding imprisoning migrants in Canada.

The Canadian lawmakers were commenting in response to questions stemming from an Eyewitness News special podcast feature, Through the Cracks, the Untold Story of Mbuyisa Makhubu.

On Tuesday, the Canadian Globe and Mail newspaper carried a story about new evidence brought to light by the EWN special investigation.

It's been suspected that Victor Vinnetou is Makhubu, but attempts to confirm this have now stalled after an initial DNA test was inconclusive.

A day later, questions were posed to Canadian ministers, who stated that Vinnetou should not have been kept in prison for as long as he was.

He was held alongside convicted criminals for 12 years.

Vinnetou's case highlighted concerns about the imprisonment of migrants for immigration violations in Canada, which has been a human rights issue for some time in the country.

However, this week's developments have proven to be a catalyst for the change in policy.

Meanwhile, several South African officials responsible for driving the project to determine whether Vinnetou is Makhubu are still refusing to even speak publicly on the issue.

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_.