Phumzile John Gomomo was born on a farm in Adelaide on 25 October in 1945. He was one of seven children born to the late Ndabeni (Mnzotho) and Nonga Stofile (Mpondo). He received his primary education from Ntlaka lower Primary School and Marry Mount High School. He left school in standard 6 (grade 8), because of family poverty, and subsequently completed his matriculation through correspondence courses.Gomomo held a number of factory jobs in Uitenhage, and in1977 joined the United Auto Workers' Union,which later merged with other unions to become the National Automobile and Allied Workers' Union (NAAWU).

He was working at Volkswagen as a welder,he became chairperson of the factory's shop stewards committee,leading strikes there in 1980 and 1982.He was elected regional chairperson of the Federation of South Africa Trade Unions (FOSATU), of which NAAWU was an affiliate.In 1986 he was part of a COSATU delegation that met with the African National Congress(ANC) in Lusaka,and in 1989 was again in a COSATU group that briefed Nelson Mandela in prison.


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