By: Emily Burton
Nkosi was a significant leader because despite his youth, by 1930 he had become the most influential African leader in Durban. Due to his efforts, the burning of the passbooks effort which was spread throughout the country, was most successful in Durban. During the burning of the passbooks in Durban, Nkosi was unarmed and attacked by a white police force and was martyred fighting for equality in his country. To this day, he is considered an African hero and is celebrated every year on Heroes Day (Dec. 16).
full speech can be found here: http://www.mandela.gov.za/mandela_speeches/1990/900225_dbn.htm