The Man in the Green Blanket
By: Lesiba Mabitsela
Mgcineni 'Mambush' Noki is a name few South Africans will recognise. The man from the Eastern Cape was a leader: the sole family breadwinner after losing his parents. He worked as a drill-operator from a young age. He was anonymous. A statistic. Insignificant.
The Man in the Green Blanket commemorates Mgcineni Noki as a person - disabling the collective ignorance of a nation that knows of him only as a symbol referencing the Marikana Massacre, and encouraging a human connection with those who suffered.
Five individuals in garments made from green blankets walk from different locations around the City. A visible presence. A man in a green blanket.
Performed by: Siyabonga Njica, Richard September, Siyabulela Sikawuti and Thabiso Nkoana.