African Oral Narratives
Military Intelligence in Apartheid-era South Africa

An interview with Nicodemus Khayakhole Makhanya, an unemployed ‘Bishop’ of an indigenous church in Sebokeng, by Dale McKinley and Ahmed Veriava.

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Creator: Makhanya, Nicodemus
McKinley, Dale
Veriava, Ahmed
Contributing Institutions: SAHA; MATRIX: The Center for Humane Arts, Letters and Social Sciences Online at Michigan State University
Contributors: Joseph Matutoane (Translator)
Moses Moremi (Transcriber)
Biography: Fifty years old at the time of the interview, Nicodemus Khayakhole Makhanya was born and has lived all his life in the Vaal (first in Evaton and then Sebokeng). He achieved a Standard 5 education and then worked in various manufacturing and service-related jobs until 1995 when he was retrenched. The same year, he started his own church in his backyard – ‘The God-Stone Ethiopian Baptist Church’ – of which he is ‘Bishop’. He remains the ‘Bishop’ of this church. He lives in a Reconstruction and Development Programme (RDP) house and survives off his wife’s salary as a general worker as well as donations from church members.
Description: This interview with Nicodemus Khayakhole Makhanya, an unemployed ‘Bishop’ of an indigenous church, was conducted by Dale McKinley and Ahmed Veriava in Sebokeng in 2007 as part of the South African History Archive's Alternative History Project, titled 'Forgotten Voices in the Present'.
Date: September 8, 2007
Location: Sebokeng, Gauteng, Republic of South Africa
Format: Audio/mp3
Language: Sotho
Rights Management: For educational use only.
Digitizer: SAHA
Source: SAHA collection AL3280

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