Mbuyiseni Makhubo who is carrying Pieterson has reportedly been in Canada in prison for eight years.(SABC)
Ahead of Youth Day, the Arts and Culture Department says it's verifying the situation around DNA tests conducted on a man who allegedly carried the dying Hector Pieterson during the 1976 Soweto uprising.
A man who some claim is Mbuyisa Makhubo, is currently in Canada, where he's reportedly been in prison for eight years.
A photograph by Sam Mzima of Makhubo carrying the dying Pietersen on June 16, 1976 remains one of South Africa's most iconic images.
Makhubo's mother hasn't heard from her son since 1978.
In 2013, government said it was waiting for DNA tests to be done on the man in Canada, and said it would send a team there to investigate his identity.
Monday is Youth Day, which commemorates the Soweto Uprising.