The rise of the Black Consciousness Movement (BCM) and the formation of South African Students Organisation (SASO) raised the political consciousness of many students while others joined the wave of anti-Apartheid sentiment within the student community. When the language of Afrikaans was made compulsory as a medium of instruction in schools in 1974, black students began mobilising themselves on 16 June 1976.
While in Wentworth he joined forces with veteran BCM, members like; Basil Manning, Sats Mazibuko, Doctor Tyse, Steve Biko, Mthuli Shezi, Strinni Moodley, Jean Manning, Tsietsie Mashinini, Kgotlo Seatholo.
In their articulation of ideologies like Black Consciousness, they echoed the same sentiments as he did, and he fondly remembers them as his mentors. This is when he cut is proverbial political teeth as a fully fledged political activist.
Sadly, while studying towards his LLB at UDW (University Of Durban Westville), his bursary was revoked because of his alleged involvement in some of the armed political attacks on the Apartheid Government.
Patrick Mkhize is a mature, assertive ‘daddy’ kind of person, if you will. He is motivated, ambitious, and a great leader, but he is also practical, productive, and extremely dependable. He is married to the equally strong and beautifulThandie Mkhize.
These were hard-core criminals who were trapped in a vicious circle of their own thinking. Mkhize and Joseph realised that cognitive treatment of offenders could show them a way out of that trap. They were aware that; with effort and practice, even the most serious offenders could learn to change their thinking about other people and themselves. One strategy they used besides attempting to politicise them, was convincing the inmates to surrender their weapons. Which they did, but, like in most cases the criminal justice system did not present them that opportunity — not in a form that offenders recognise as genuine. The prison authorities felt offended by this intervention by the two comrades.
Most weapons were knives fashioned from broken light fixtures, pieces of outdoor fences, screwdrivers stolen from workshops and plastic handles of toothbrushes sharpened to a lethal point.
Together with fellow activists; Patrick Williams, Edward Williams, Sophia Hoys, Maureen Manuel, Jerome Schoenberg, Mkhize was in the forefront of the Auswent Civic Association themselves.
By: Lorraine Richards