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 It is the product of almost two decades of research and includes analyses, chronologies, historical documents, and interviews from the apartheid and post-apartheid eras.

Gqabi, Joe

1928 - 1981

In 1950 Gqabi joined both the ANCYL and the ANC. He was also a member of SACTU. He worked as a journalist for New Age during the 1950s, covering in particular the Pondoland Revolt. He went to China for military training and returned to South Africa in 1962. In 1963 he was arrested and sentenced to 12 years on Robben Island, eventually being released in 1975. He was arrested again in 1976 after the Soweto uprising and then left South Africa. He continued working for the ANC in neighbouring African countries. SADF forces assassinated him in Harare, Zimbabwe in 1981.

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