Mosima Gabriel Sexwale
Mosima Gabriel Sexwale born 5 March 1953, commonly known as Tokyo Sexwale, is a South African businessman and former politician, anti-apartheid activist, and political prisoner.
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Tokyo was born at Shantytown, Orlando West, Soweto,
Johannesburg and matriculated at Orlando West High School in 1973.
member of the Black Consciousness Movement in the late 1960's and early
1970's he joined the African National Congress underground movement in
Tokyo tudied and obtained a certificate in business
studies at the University of Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland and was an
active member of the ANC underground movement in Swaziland.
Mosima Gabriel Sexwale
(At a Glance)
Interests: Politique, Culture, Education
In 1975, Tokyo Sexwale went into exile and underwent officers' military training in
the Soviet Union, specializing in army engineering. Upon his return to
South Africa in 1976 he was arrested after a skirmish with the South
African security forces and, together with 11 others charged with
"terrorism" and "conspiracy" to overthrow the apartheid government.
spent two years on trial at the Pretoria Supreme Court and in 1978 was
convicted and sentenced to 18 years imprisonment at Robben Island
maximum security prison.
While imprisoned at Robben Island he studied for a B.Comm degree.
served 13 years at Robben Island until released in June 1990, in
accordance with the Groote Schuur Agreement between the apartheid
government and the ANC.
Upon his release from prison in 1990 he
returned to Johannesburg and served as the head of the Public Liaison
department of the African National Congress headquarters. He was
subsequently appointed Head of Special Projects, under military
In September 1990 Mr Sexwale was elected to the
Executive Committee of the ANC Gauteng province. In 1991 he was
elected chairperson of the province until 1997.
From 1991 to
1997 he was an ex-officio member of the ANC National Executive
Committee. He was elected first Premier of Gauteng province in the 1994
He left public political office in 1998 for
the corporate sector and established Mvelaphanda Holdings primarily a
mining and energy house including other strategic investments in
hotels, transportation, telecommunications, property, engineering,
health, banking and financial services.