Percy Peter Qoboza

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Journalist and outspoken critic of the apartheid regime

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17 January 1938
Date of death: 
17 January 1988

Qoboza was born on 17 January 1938. He grew up in Sophiatown, which was a hybrid township of cinemas, shebeens, jazz dens, political meetings and “tsotsi” gangsters. He initially went to Lesotho and studied in the field of theology, but became involved in journalism after joining the staff of The World and Weekend World in 1963.

• Nicol, M. (1999) “Percy Qoboza” from They Shaped our Century: The Most Influential South Africans of the Twentieth Century. Published by Human and Rousseau. p. 415- 8.
• Kalley, J.A.; Schoeman, E. & Andor, L.E. (eds) (1999). Southern African Political History: a chronology of key political events from independence to mid-1997, Westport: Greenwood.
• Percy Qoboza from Encyclopedia Britannica [online] Available at: [Accessed 12 January 2010]
• Percy Qoboza [online] Available at: [Accessed 12 January 2010]

Last updated : 12-Sep-2012

This article was produced for South African History Online on 17-Feb-2011