Govan Mbeki Politician

Govan Archibald Mvuyelwa Mbeki (9 July 1910 - 30 August 2001) was a South African politician, and father of the former South African president Thabo Mbeki and political economist Moeletsi Mbeki. He was named in honour of Edward Govan, a Scottish missionary who founded Lovedale College, the school that he attended in the Eastern Cape. He attended Fort Hare University, completing in 1936 a Bachelor of Arts degree in politics and psychology and a teaching diploma, and met other African struggle leaders there. In 1954, he joined the editorial board of New Age, which was to be the only South African newspaper serving the liberation movement for the eight following years. Mbeki played an immensely important role in ensuring that the pages and columns reflected the conditions of the black peoples, their demands and aspirations. In November 1962, the then Minister of Justice, John Vorster, banned New Age. When the editorial board came out with its successor, Vorster went one step further by banning not the newspaper but its editors and writers. He was a leader of the African National Congress (ANC) and of the South African Communist Party.

Personal details

Date of birth
July 9th, 1910
South Africa
Date of death
August 30th, 2001 at age of 91
Place of death
Port Elizabeth




1. University of Fort Hare Colleges/University

The University of Fort Hare is a public university in Alice, Eastern Cape, South Africa. It was a key institution in higher education for black Africans from 1916 to 1959. It offered a Western-style, academically excellent education to students from across sub-Saharan Africa, creating a black African elite. Fort Hare alumni were part of many subsequent independence movements and governments of newly independent African countries.

Type Public university
1 King Williams Town Road, 5700 - Alice, Eastern Cape
Official web page
Wikipedia article

Institution social analysis

Notable alumni by career
Notable alumni by gender

People attended University of Fort Hare connected by profession and/or age

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Political engagements

African National Congress

Party founded

January 8th, 1912

Geographic scope

South Africa


Social democracy
Democratic socialism
Left-wing nationalism


Official web page

Wikipedia article

The African National Congress is the Republic of South Africa's governing social democratic political party, supported by its Tripartite Alliance with the Congress of South African Trade Unions and the South African Communist Party, since the establishment of multi-racial democracy in April 1994. It defines itself as a "disciplined force of the left". Members founded the organisation as the South African Native National Congress on 8 January 1912 at the Waaihoek Wesleyan Church in Bloemfontein to increase the rights of the black South African population. John Dube, its first president, and poet and author Sol Plaatje were among its founding members. The organisation became the ANC in 1923 and formed a military wing, the Umkhonto we Sizwe in 1961. It has been the ruling party of post-apartheid South Africa on the national level since 1994. It increased its majority in the South African general election. Further increases in 2004, with 69.7% of the votes. In 2009 its share of the vote reduced slightly, but it remained the dominant party with 65.9% of the votes, and decreased again in 2014 when it garnered 62.15%.

Other members

born 1898
born 1917
born 1918
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born 1922

Written work

1.South Africa, the peasants' revolt

Editions Subjects Co-authors
1991. at Johannesburg

2.Learning from Robben Island

Editions Subjects Co-authors
1991. at Cape Town

3.The struggle for liberation in South Africa

Editions Subjects Co-authors
1992. at Cape Town (113 pages)

4.Sunset at midday

Editions Subjects Co-authors
1996. at Braamfontein


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