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 It is the product of almost two decades of research and includes analyses, chronologies, historical documents, and interviews from the apartheid and post-apartheid eras.

Gordhan, Pravin

1949 -

Pravin Gordhan was born in Durban. He was elected to Executive Council of the Natal Indian Congress (NIC) in 1974. During the 1970s he became associated with the African National Congress (ANC) and later the South African Communist Party (SACP).

He was detained in Durban in 1985 in terms of Section 29 of the Internal Security Act and the following year he was forced to go underground. He remained in hiding until his arrest in 1990, when he was named as a key figure in the ANC underground network, Operation Vula. In 1991 he was granted indemnity.

Gordhan was involved in CODESA and in the multi-party negotiation process. He became an MP for the ANC in 1994. He was also a member of the Constitutional Committee of the Constituent Assembly and was elected to the SACP's Central Committee. He currently serves as Commissioner of the South African Revenue Service.

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