Solomon ‘Buthongo’ Masilela, has a family history as interesting and challenging as that of uMagogo.
The only difference is that he does not boast the heritage of royalty that uMagogo enjoys. The name Buthongo means sleep in isiZulu, which is a contradiction to the man’s character, because he never sleeps. According to uButhongo, he was born on 5 August 1924, in Ngobi, Middelburg, to Moraka Daniel Masilela and Sarah naMngwane. He was one of a family of eleven.
Interestingly, his identity document gives a different date of birth. It shows that he was born on 5 August 1925. It is not clear whether this was an error at the time of registration or a result of the generally observed arrogance of government officials of the time. This tendency resulted in many people assuming incorrect personal details, which they had to live with for the rest of their lives