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 It is the product of almost two decades of research and includes analyses, chronologies, historical documents, and interviews from the apartheid and post-apartheid eras.

Mangope, Lucas

1923 -

In 1959 Mangope became Chief of the Motswedi-Barutshe-Bu-Manyane tribe, and joined the Zeerust regional authority. In 1961 he became vice-chairman for the Tswana territorial authority. In 1968 he became chief councillor of the Executive Council and remained in this position until he was made first Chief Minister of the Bophuthatswana homeland in 1972.

In 1974 Mangope became leader of the Bophuthatswana Democratic Party (BDP) and in 1975 he became Chief Minister. The BDP took power in Bophuthatswana in 1977 when independence was declared.

Mangope was deposed as dictator of Bophuthatswana in 1994.

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