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Govan Mbeki Biography 1910 – 2001


Govan Archibald Mvuyelwa Mbeki was a South African politician, Communist and son of Chief Sikelewu Mbeki and Johanna Mahala and also the father of the former South African president Thabo Mbeki and political economist Moeletsi Mbeki.

He was a leader of the South African Communist Party and the African National Congress. After the Rivonia Trial, he was imprisoned (1963–1987) on charges of terrorism and treason, together with Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu, Raymond Mhlaba, Ahmed Kathrada and other eminent ANC leaders, for their role in the ANC’s armed wing, Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK). He was sometimes mentioned by his nickname “Oom Gov”.

Govan Mbeki

BORN: 9 July 1910

HOME TOWN: Mpukane Location, Nqamakwe district, South Africa

SPOUSE: Epainette Mbeki

DIED: 30 August 2001 (aged 91)

PLACE OF DEATH: Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa

CHILDREN: Linda Mbeki, Thabo Mbeki, Moeletsi Mbeki, Jama Mbeki

OCCUPATION: Anti-Apartheid, Activist

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