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Mokaba, Peter Ramoshoane

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Mokaba was born on the 7th of January 1958 in Polokwane (formerly Pietersburg) Northern Transvaal. He was expelled from school after becoming a leader of school boycotts during the 1976 uprisings and completed matric on his own in 1978. He started at the University of the North in 1980.

In 1977 and 1982 he was detained under the Terrorism Act and was convicted for his underground activities as a member of Umkhonto weSizwe. He had received military training in Swaziland, Mozambique and Angola. He began serving his sentence on Robben Island but in 1984 his sentence was suspended after an appeal. However, on release he was re-arrested, retried and found guilty and received a sentence of three years suspended for five years.

He then worked for the United Democratic Front (UDF) and in 1987 he became founder and first president of the South African Youth Congress (which later became the ANC Youth League after the ANC was unbanned in 1990). He was notorious for his inflammatory addresses, during which he repeatedly used the chant-phrase "Kill the Boer, Kill the Farmer". He later moderated his stance and in 1994 he became a member of parliament and served as the Deputy Minister in the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism. He was also elected as a member of the National Executive Committee of the ANC in 1991, in 1994, and again in 1997.

Peter Mokaba had been elected by the ANC to head their 2004 election campaign before he died on the 9th of June 2002.

Source: www.sahistory.org.za

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