President of the All African Convention (AAC) from 1948 to 1959. Born in the Transkei, he graduated from Port Hare in 1935 and first taught school, then later practised law at Lady Frere. He was involved in the AAC from 1936 and was instrumental in bringing the Cape African Teachers' Association into the AAC in the 1940s. Elected AAC president in 1948 as a representative of young militants, he was attacked 10 years later as too conservative by radicals to his left in the AAC and the Non-European Unity Movement (NEUM). In the early 1960s he moved his law practice to Basutoland (now Lesotho) but left at Basutoland independence in 1966 and is now a lawyer for the government of Zambia. He is married to I. B. Tabata's sister.

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