The Azanian

The Azanian
The author, Thabiso Monkoe was born in 1960. In 1976 he was one of the students who mobilised for the uprisings resulting in the June 1976 Soweto uprising. He is a June ’76 survivor and activist. Thabiso studied Dental technology and Biochemistry at Munster University in West Germany, while in exile. More

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About Thabiso Monkoe

Thabiso Monkoe was born in 1960. In 1976 he was one of the students who mobilised for the uprisings resulting in the June 1976 Soweto uprising. Thabiso is a June'76 survivor and activist, who left South Africa in September1976 , via Swaziland and Mozambique, with the East African airways to Tanzania, where he got his guerrilla and ideological training.

Thabiso grew up in Orlando East, during the era of institutionalized racism and enforced tribal segregation by law, that gave rise to hostilities, gangsterism, enhanced tribalism and segregation among blacks, especially in the townships.

Since he's Sotho, his family was allocated a predominantly Sotho speaking area which was ruled by its own gangsters. which he somehow became a member of.

Due to juvenile delinquency, he was out of school for approximately one year, until at the beginning of the school year "75, when his late mother's last option to intervene in his delinquent lifestyle, was to take his brother's Standard six. ( now Grade 8 ) certificate from Naledi High, without his brother's knowledge, for his enrollment in Lofentse Secondary School in Orlando East, which is opposite Matjeni Higher Primary, the school he withdrew from without formal qualifications.

After successfully keeping his secret and identity to himself at Lofentse, he eventually passed form one to form two with flying colours.

Consequently, due to him being a passionate debater, he was elected to become a member of the student representative council, which in turn led him to represent the whole school in exernal meetings, including the most crucial one, the pre D-day meeting where the final planning of the June 1976 Soweto uprisings was discussed.

After illegally crossing the border, in September 1976, he underwent guerrilla and ideological training under the auspices of the PAC, in Tanzania.

On the 30 August, 1979, after his guerilla and idiological training, he applied for a scholarship in the USA and in west Germany, and got both. But took the German one, to the diapproval of his comrades, who advised him against the German language barrier.

After the six months German language course in Bochum Querenburg, he completed his vocational training and  studied Dental technology and Biochemistry at Munster University in West Germany, while in exile, at the same time doing political work as a returned PAC member, to raise international awareness about oppression in South Africa.

In 1997, Thabiso returned to South Africa and joined the South African National Defense Force (SANDF).

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