Tuesday, October 19

Job Maseko, the World War II hero who was left without the highest decoration “for being black”

  • Nomsa Maseko
  • BBC News, Johannesburgo

Mural de Job Maseko.

A mural remembers Maseko in her hometown of Springs.

Job Maseko, a South African WWII hero, was denied the highest military decoration because he was black.

That is what a group of activists denounces and what has pushed his family to launch themselves in search of posthumous recognition for him.

Despite being considered a war hero, Maseko died poor in 1952.

Deadly run over by a train at the age of 36, his exploits were in danger of being forgotten.


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