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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 It is the product of almost two decades of research and includes analyses, chronologies, historical documents, and interviews from the apartheid and post-apartheid eras.

Shaik, Mo

Mo Shaik was an anti-apartheid student activist. In the late 1970s he became part of the newly formed MJK Unit (Mandla Judson Kuzwayo), with his brother Yunus and one other person. In the 1980s he became involved in the UDF movement.  He was detained in 1985 and held in solitary confinement for nine months. He was full time underground from 1986 1987. In 1987 he went for training in intelligence in the GDR and subsequently set up an intelligence unit in Natal, one of their projects being Operation Bible. He worked closely with Mac Maharaj during Operation Vula.

Shaik was employed in National Intelligence from 1994, moving to Foreign Affairs in 1997.

He played a central role in the Hefer Commission in 2003.

He resigned from the Department of Foreign Affairs in 2005 in order to run Nkobi Holdings.

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