Former South African president Nelson Mandela was born in Mvezo (a village in Mthatha). On 2 March 2004 Umtata was officially renamed to its current name Mthatha. Walter Sisulu, Bantu Holomisa, and Buyisiwe Yonela Mhlana , as well as Ndima ka Bawo Mhlana were also born in Mthatha.
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