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 It is the product of almost two decades of research and includes analyses, chronologies, historical documents, and interviews from the apartheid and post-apartheid eras.

Pahad, Essop

1939 -

Active in student politics at the University of the Witwatersrand, Pahad was a Member of the Transvaal Indian Youth Congress (TIYC) Executive Committee and also served as Secretary from 1958 to 1964. He went into exile in 1964 and was involved in the leadership structures of the ANC and SACP. He graduated from the Institute of Social Science in Moscow, and completed a military course in Angola.

He served on the regional command of the ANC's Political and Military Council in London before returning to South Africa in 1990. He was a member of the Central Committee and Political Bureau of the SACP until July 2002. He is currently a member of the ANC's NEC. Pahad is currently the Minister in The Presidency.

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