Philemon Mathole

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Organiser for the African Mineworkers' Union. Participated in the Defiance Campaign of 1952. Elected secretary of the Transvaal ANC,  served on the national executive committee of the ANC, accused in the Treason Trial, from 1956 to 1961.

First name: 
Philemon
Last name: 
Mathole
Date of birth: 
1916
Location of birth: 
Johannesburg

Born in 1916 in Johannesburg Mathole was a miner and an organiser for the African Mineworkers' Union. He was active in the 1946 mineworkers' strike. He later opened a grocery store in Moroka Township, Johannesburg, and in 1949 became a member of the Moroka Advisory Board. He joined the African National Congress in 1947 and participated in the Defiance Campaign of 1952. He was elected secretary of the Transvaal ANC in 1955, he also served on the national executive committee in the mid-1950s and was one of the accused in the Treason Trial, from 1956 to 1961.

Last updated : 27-Jul-2016

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