Jacob Dumdum Nyaose

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Jacob Dumdum Nyaose (South Africa), President of the Federation of Free African Trade Unions of South Africa, addressing The International Trade Union Conference against Apartheid, Geneva 15 June 1973.

Biographical information

Synopsis:

Member of the Industrial and Commercial Workers' Union, organising secretary for the African Bakers and Confectioners Union, official of the Transvaal Council of Non-European Trade Unions. He formed the Federation of Free African Trade Unions of South Africa

First name: 
Jacob Dumdum
Last name: 
Nyaose
Date of birth: 
c 1920
Location of birth: 
Port Shepstone, Natal

Jacob Dumdum Nyaose was born about 1920 at Port Shepstone in Natal, the son of a Zulu seaman who belonged to the Industrial and Commercial Workers' Union. After studying first for a diploma in agriculture at Adams College and then beginning the study of law, he went to Johannesburg about 1941 and took a job as organising secretary for the African Bakers and Confectioners Union. During World War II, he led his union through a number of successful strikes. During the 1940s he served with Gana Makabeni as an official of the Transvaal Council of Non-European Trade Unions. Nyaose opposed the formation of the left-wing South African Congress of Trade Unions in the mid-1950s, and eventually in 1959 he formed the Federation of Free African Trade Unions of South Africa as an all-African non-Communist union organisation, affiliated to the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions. POFATUSA was loosely allied with the Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) and was formed shortly after Nyaose was elected secretary for labour in the PAC's national executive committee in April 1959. It never became a strong organisation, but it survived into the early 1960s after Nyaose had been jailed for his part in the PAC's antipass campaign. He was released in 1962, after serving a two-year sentence, and eventually made his way via Swaziland to East Africa.


References:
• Gerhart G.M and Karis T. (ed)(1977). From Protest to challenge: A documentary History of African Politics in South Africa: 1882-1964, Vol.4 Political Profiles 1882 ”“ 1964. Hoover Institution Pres: Stanford University.

Last updated : 10-Aug-2016

This article was produced for South African History Online on 26-Sep-2011