- Melinda Breitkopf is the daughter of the late Mpikeleli Alpheus Kubeka
- Kubeka was a PAC member who went to exile in Germany in 1976
- Melinda launched a search for her South African family last year and has found them
The German daughter of an anti-apartheid struggle stalwart has finally found her South African family.
Melinda Breitkopf's dad, the late Mpikeleli Alpheus Kubeka, was a member of the Pan-Africanist Congress. He left South Africa for exile in Germany in 1976, Sowetan reports.
Melinda, 21, launched a search for the family on Facebook last year. Kubeka's brother, Banele Kubeka, contacted her soon afterwards.
She finally landed in the country on Wednesday and found her family joyously waiting for her at the airport. She described the scene:
It was an unbelievable moment to meet my family for the first time. We were all crying and screaming, it was a beautiful moment.
The entire family then proceeded to the Kubeka home in Orange Farm, Johannesburg. Kubeka was just 20 when he left the country.
Melinda said her dad passed away in Germany after an accident in a carpentry workshop. She appealed to the South African government to help repatriate his remains back to South Africa.
Melinda is also keen to have a South African passport and to change her surname to Kubeka. This is because she and her brother were not fully accepted by her mom's family because of their race.
Her mom was also shunned by her family for falling in love with a black man, Melinda added.
Kubeka had four more children from a previous relationship. However, Melinda is the first among his six children to reconnect with his family.
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