10 Things you don’t know about Tokyo Sexwale

10 Things you don’t know about Tokyo Sexwale

Nominations for the most important election in Fifa’s history closed on Monday night, with eight candidates entering the race to replace Sepp Blatter. World football’s governing body will elect a new president on February 26, and Tokyo Sexwale has emerged as the man who could liberate Fifa from its current malaise.
Here are some TOP 10 things you might not know about Tokyo Sexwale
1) Tokyo is not really his name. His name is actually – Mosima Gabriel “Tokyo” Sexwale – His nickname of “Tokyo” is derived from his involvement with the sport of karate as a youth.
2)He completed a Certificate in Business Studies at the University of Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland. In 1975, Sexwale went into exile, undergoing military officers’ training in the Soviet Union, where he specialized in military engineering.
3) Sexwale was captured upon his return and In 1977, Sexwale was sent to the Robben Island maximum-security prison to serve an 18-year sentence.

4) He had spent 13 years in prison, on Robben Island. And he studied for a BCom degree at the University of South Africa.

 

5) Sexwale was released in June 1990 under the terms of the Groote Schuur Agreement between the National Party government and the African National Congress.

 

6) During this time he was represented in part by a young white paralegal named Judy van Vuuren. They began a personal relationship while he remained in prison, and soon after his release and got married, in 1990 soon after his release.

 

7) Sexwale has two children by a first wife, and two children by his second wife, Judy van Vuuren, whom he recently divorced.

 

8) In 2001 Sexwale was accused, along with Cyril Ramaphosa and Mathews Phosa, of plotting to depose President Thabo Mbeki.[10] Sexwale denied the charges and all three received the backing of Nelson Mandela; they were later exonerated from all accusations.

 

9) Sexwale has received many honours and awards, including the Légion d’honneur from France, an honorary doctorate in technology from Nottingham Trent University, an honorary Doctorate in Business Administration from De Montfort University, the Order of the Freedom of Havana (Cuba), the Cross of Valour (Ruby Class) from South Africa, and the Reach and Teach Leadership Award, from the United States. He is also chancellor of the Vaal University of Technology.

 

10) Sexwale is also an honorary colonel in the South African Air Force and chair of the Council for the Support of National Defence, whose aim is to encourage part-time military service as well as building support in society for those who wish to serve in the military as volunteers. In 2004, he was voted 43rd in the list of “Top 100 Great South Africans”.

source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tokyo_Sexwale

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