J. S. Likhing was born at Thaba 'Nchu in the Orange Free State, he was educated in the Cape and later, perhaps by correspondence, became a Licentiate in Theology of the Antioch Seminary in New York. He was general secretary of the separatist African Orthodox Church, president of the Bechuanaland-Griqualand West, African National Congress (ANC) around 1930, and also an assistant chaplain of the national ANC. In 1935 he attended the first meeting of the All African Convention (AAC).
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