The sculpture Stompie, in carved hardwood, is a tribute to the anti-apartheid struggle activist James Seipei, who was also known as Stompie Moeketsi.

Stompie, who was from Parys in the Free State, was a teenager in the United Democratic Front. He and three other boys were kidnapped in 1988 by members of the so-called Mandela United Football Club, who doubled as Winnie Madikizela Mandela’s bodyguards.

Stompie was murdered early in 1989, and the subsequent criminal case became something of a cause célèbre for those wishing to discredit the anti-apartheid movement. Appollis shows Stompie in a moment of dynamism and exuberance, focusing on his humanity rather than the tragedy of the case. 

Artwork courtesy of Iziko South African National Gallery.

Artwork Info

Tyrone Appollis



Carved wood

92 x 30 x 30 cm