July 24, 2015 § Leave a comment
By Zama Khumalo
Born in May 1974, Stanley Nyamane left the earth surface on 12 July 2015 a wretched man. Hitherto, it is still not clear what ate Stanley – so sudden, that he lost so much weight and we ended up mourning him.
But as colleague and friend, Sibongile Zwane, would later say, Stanley “loved to love but didn’t want his personal affairs to be discussed. He preferred to keep them within himself.”
His obituary shows that he was born on the Sunday of 12 May 1974. He went to do his primary education at the Apartheid-built school of Badplaas, the ‘Izithandane Bantu School’, from the period 1980 to 1985. Between 1986 and 1987, Stanley did what is today known as Grade 8 and Grade 9, and which then was known as Standard 6 and 7, at the Fisland School, situated in the rural outskirt of Badplaas. The reader will also have to note that the area referred here as Badplaas, underwent name-change in 2014, today known as Manzana. So here we will be using the names “Badplaas” and “Manzana” interchangeably to refer to one place.
Between 1987 and 1990, the obituary shows, Stanely went up to what is today known as Grade 12 and which was then known as Standard 10; he completed! In the late 1990s, Stanley was a student at the Mango College, doing a Degree in Education, which became his ticket to become a teacher at Sunduza Combined School for few months before he moved to teach at Engabezweni Secondary School, where, reads the obituary, “death eventually found him!”
Those that had been taught by Stanley between 2002 to his last days on earth in 2015, had all described how life was hard during his early ages growing up in Apartheid South Africa, in which whites used the state at the expense of black people. “When I was doing Grade 9 in 2003,” recall one of his former pupils, Mandla Madonsela, “he told us that he used to go to school bare-footed and even during his time at tertiary he had only one trouser”. This was mainly due to the situations at home, and the entire black community. The system of man exploiting man, in this case, of white exploiting black, was crueler than in anytime recorded in human history.
Stanley died with an honours Degree in Education, which he did with the University of South Africa, and which earned him the position of acting principal at the Engabezweni Secondary School. Someone said that if we were to talk about Stanley, we would have to write a book, because there is a lot to say of the man who had finally been described as “very informative and observant”. Certainly, Stanley was informative, having been a daily reader of the Sowetan newspaper. He also never missed the Drum magazine and the City Press newspaper.
But what is it exactly that happened to him and which cost him his life?