Jafta Kgalabi Masemola

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Biographical information

Jafta “Bra Jeff” Kgalabi Masemola


Teacher, member of the ANCYL, member of the Pan Africanist Congress, and political prisoner. 

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Date of birth: 
12 December 1931*
Date of death: 
17 April 1990**

Jafta Kgalabi Masemola, “The Tiger of Azania”, also popularly known as “Bra Jeff” by many others, was born at Bon Accord near Pretoria on 12 December 1931. He lost both his parents at an early age and was raised by his sister. The family moved to Marabastad and then to Atteridgeville in 1942 where he enrolled at De Jong Primary School and completed standard six in 1947. He proceeded to Hofmeyr Secondary School where he obtained a Junior Certificate in 1950. Then he went to Kilnerton Training Institution (KTI) where he completed his Teacher’s Training Certificate.

• The Presidency: Jafta Kgalabi  Masemola (1928”“ 1990), [online] Available at www.thepresidency.gov.za   Accessed on 19 March 2012.
• About.com, African History, Robben Island Prison Museum: Jeff Masemola, [online]  Available at www.africanhistory.about.com  Accessed on 20 March 2012.
• IDAF, (1978), Prisoners of Apartheid: a biographical list of political prisoners and banned persons in South Africa, (London)
• Information submitted by Ike Mafole, Chairperson of Tshwane APLA Military Veterans Association and a former member of the PAC National Executive Committee (NEC) and the Central Committee (CC)), via email on 13 March 2012.

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This article was produced by South African History Online on 29-Mar-2012

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