Tokyo Sexwale was a member of the Black Consciousness Movement in the late 1960s before he joined the ANC in the 1970s.
He served a total of 13 years on Robben Island for his political activities before being released in 1990, at the same time as Nelson Mandela. After the 1994 election, he was the first Premier of Gauteng province, later served as Minister of Human Settlements and is currently an Honorary Colonel in the South African Air Force.
He founded Mvelaphanda Holdings (Pty) Ltd, primarily a mining and energy house with a range of other business interests. He is also a trustee and founder of the Sexwale Family Foundation and the Desmond Tutu Peace Trust. He is a member of the Brookings Institution International Advisory Council, and of FIFA’s Global Task Force Against Racism and Discrimination, and its Media Committee.
He is also the founder of Global Watch: Say No To Racism-Discrimination in All Sport. He holds honorary doctorates from universities in the United Kingdom and United States, and has authored numerous political and economic articles, as well as poetry.