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 It is the product of almost two decades of research and includes analyses, chronologies, historical documents, and interviews from the apartheid and post-apartheid eras.

Mkhatshwa, Father Smangaliso

1939 -

He was born in 1939 in Barberton and grew up there. In 1960 he entered St Peter's Seminary and was ordained as a Catholic priest in June 1965. He worked as a pastor in Witbank until 1970. In 1973 he enrolled at the University of Leuven in Belgium, here he completed an MA degree in philosophy and theology. In 1976 after the Soweto riots Mkhatshwa was detained and was later banned for various periods until July 1983. When he was released he was nominated as the UDF patron. Between 1994 and 2000 he held a number of prominent positions in government as well as in the ANC. He became an MP in 1994 and in 1996 became the Deputy Minister of Education, a post he held until 1999. He was elected to the ANC National Executive Committee in 1997. In 2000 he became the Executive Mayor of the City of Tshwane (Pretoria), relinquishing this position in March 2006.

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