Archibald “Archie” Sibeko (aka Zola Zembe) was born on 3 March 1928 in Kwezana Village, near Alice in the Eastern Cape. Sibeko attended Lovedale in the 1940s. After obtaining a diploma in Agriculture, he moved to Cape Town where he began working in a laundry. It was here that he became deeply involved in the trade union movement and worked alongside Oscar Mpetha and Ray Alexander Simons among others. In 1954 he joined the African Laundry Workers' Union.
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