John Nyathi Pokela
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John Nyathi Pokela

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Date of birth1922 or 1923
Place of birthHerschel, Transkei, South Africa
Date of deathJune 30, 1985
Place of deathParirenyatwa Hospital, Zimbabwe
Political partyPan Africanist Congress
Chairman of the Pan Africanist Congress
In officeFebruary 1981 - June 1985
Succeeded byJohnson Mlambo
Preceded byVusumzi Make

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John Nyathi "Poks" Pokela (1922 or 1923 - June 30, 1985) was a South African political activist and Chairman of the Pan Africanist Congress (PAC). Born in Herschel in the Transkei region, he was educated at Healdtown Comprehensive School and the University of Fort Hare. Originally a member of the African National Congress Youth League, he left the African National Congress and helped found the PAC in the late 1950s.

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Preceded by
Vusumzi Make
Chairman of the Pan Africanist Congress
February 1981—June 1985
Succeeded by
Johnson Mlambo

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