Percy Mokonopi

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Percy Mokonopi, was a former General in the South African National Defence Force, and a former founding member of the African National Congress's military wing, Umkhonto weSizwe (MK).[1]

Military career

General Mokonopi joined MK at its inception in 1961, and immediately received military training in the Soviet Union, and in Cuba. During the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, he participated under the Cuban Armed Forces, as part of the Umkhonto weSizwe contingent. In 1964, he was briefly based at Tanzania, before moving to Zambia in preparation for external deployment. He eventually was shifted away from MK activities, and was appointed as the African National Congress's Chief Representative to Angola and Finland. He later served on the World Peace Council, at its headquarters in Helsinki. He later joined the South African National Defence Force, when MK was incorporated into it in 1994 as a Brigadier General. Nqose was placed on special leave with full pay in 1999, after a string of misdemeanors.[2]


Mokonopi went missing in 2002, a couple of weeks after he was featured on the Documentary "Twelve Disciples of Nelson Mandela", and has never been found. He was survived by his wife, Mary, who died shortly after, and one child.[3]

Honours and awards


  1. "Brief Biographies of the "Twelve Disciples of Nelson Mandela"" (PDF). The Public Broadcasting Service. Retrieved 22 September 2020.
  2. Gates, Anita. "The Vanguard of the Apartheid Uprising and the Story of an Heir". The New York Times. The New York Times. Retrieved 22 September 2020.
  3. "Twelve Disciples of Nelson Mandela". POV–pbs. Thomas Allen Harris. Retrieved 22 September 2020.

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