Professor Bacela

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Biographical information


Member of COSAS and ANC, Robben Island political prisoner, Secretary of the Central House Committee (UWC), Mayor and Local Municipal Manager. 

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Date of birth: 
21 September 1964
Location of birth: 
Mlungisi, Queenstown, South Africa
Date of death: 
May 2012

Professor “Pro” Bacela was born in Mlungisi, Queenstown, Eastern Province (now Eastern Cape) on 21 September 1964. His father was a migrant worker who worked in Johannesburg travelling back in December to visit his family. His mother worked in Cape Town as a domestic servant, and she also returned to visit her family in December. Thus, Bacela and his two brothers and three sisters stayed with his uncle who was employed by the Queenstown municipality.   

• Details of the biography supplied by: UWC- Robben Island Museum Mayibuye Archives, May 2012.
• Further details of the biography supplied via email by:  Viwe Bacela, 28 May 2012.
ALUMNUS ”“Professor Bacela, from On Campus- Official Newsletter of the University of the Western Cape, 27 October 2005, pg. 5,  [online] Available at[Accessed 30 May 2012]
Nini, A, (2012), Lukhanji manager dies in car accident, from the Daily Dispatch ”“ E- Edition, 8 May, [online] Available at[Accessed 30 May 2012] 

Last updated : 23-Jan-2015

This article was produced for South African History Online on 06-Jun-2012