Johnson Khasu

Title Political Activist/Politician
Other Names Mahlomola
Date of Birth 1961-07-15
Date of Death
Mahlomola Johnson Khasu
Born, Vryburg, 15 July 1961.  KHasu obtained his earliest education at Moeti Lower Primary School (1969 – 1972), went on to John Frylinck High School (1973 – 1976) and then Bopaganang Junior Secondary School in 1978. While still in junior high school, he was a member and chairperson of the Richard Allen Youth Club in the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Huhudi. In 1979 – 80, he became a member of the Congress of South African Students (COSAS). He obtained his National Senior Certificate in 1981. In the period 1980 – 1981, he was a Clerk at Taysons Wholesalers in Vryburg, following which he worked for a year as a Clerk at the Vaal Reefs Crushers in Orkney.
While working for OK Bazaars in Vryburg as a Storeroom Packer in 1981 – 83, KHasu was also studying for and obtained a Diploma in Journalism and Professional Writing, as well as a Certificate in Higher English, both by distance learning with Trans-World Tutorial College, UK. Also in 1983, concerned about social issues affecting people in his Township, Jomo became a founder member of the Huhudi Civic Association (HUCA) and the Huhudi Youth Organisation (HUYO).  It was also during this period that KHasu joined a cell of the ANC underground while in Vryburg. Jomo's anti-apartheid activities landed him into trouble with the notorious apartheid Security Police on many occasions. Over the period 1980 – 1990, Jomo was detained without trial and tortured many times under the Internal Security Act, but each time released without charge or prosecution.
Following the formation of the United Democratic Front (UDF), he  was elected its Regional Secretary for the Northern Cape in 1983. That same year, he became a member of the UDF Transvaal Consultative Committee and UDF National Executive Committee. Immediately following the unbanning of the ANC, KHasu became a Regional Convener of the ANC in the Northern Cape and, from 1992 to 1994, the ANC Regional Deputy Chairperson of the Northern Cape. Between 1994 and 1999, he served in nine different parliamentary committees. In the late 1990s, he was a member of the North West Provincial Executive Committee and, from 1998 to 2002, he was both a member of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the ANC and Deputy Secretary of the ANC in the North West Province. From 2002 to 2004, he was Special Advisor to the Premier of North-West Province, Popo Molefe. He was a Member of the Executive Council (MEC) for Agriculture, Conservation and Environment, North West. In 2005 he was appointed South Africa's Ambassador to Gabon.

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