Nelson Mandela death: Anti-apartheid fight's forgotten heroes
14 December 2013 Last updated at 00:07 GMT
The burial of Nelson Mandela on Sunday will be a time for reflection for many South Africans.
But amidst the outpouring of grief, there is also a feeling among some that South Africa cannot afford to forget the other, less well known figures and their families, who made huge sacrifices to help overthrow the apartheid regime.
Many, including veterans of Umkhonto weSizwe -the armed wing of the ANC - are now jobless and struggling.
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