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This resource is hosted by the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, but was compiled and authored by Padraig O’Malley. It is the product of almost two decades of research and includes analyses, chronologies, historical documents, and interviews from the apartheid and post-apartheid eras.

Khoza, Themba

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Khoza was born in 1959 in Eshowe, Zululand.

In the late eighties, early nineties, Khoza was reputed to be the most powerful Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) leader in the Transvaal.

He joined the Inkatha Youth Brigade in 1975. In 1990 he opened the IFP's first organisational office in the Transvaal and played a key role in projecting a national profile for the IFP. In 1991 he was appointed to the Central Committee of the IFP.

He was accused of supplying weapons to hostel-dwellers, and an arms cache, including AK47 rifles, was found in his car in September 1990. However in 1992 he was acquitted on charges of illegal possession of firearms, ammunition and explosives. The Goldstone Commission names him as a member of a gunrunning network involved in the destablisation of the Reef.

He served on the National Peace Committee and the local dispute resolution committee in Soweto.

In 1994 he became a Member of Parliament.

He died in 2000.

Sources: Mail & Guardian A-Z of SA Politics 1994.

Who's Who in SA Politics, No. 5: Shelagh Gastrow: Raven Press, Johannesburg. 1995.

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