Lucas Mangope

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Lucas Mangope
President of Bophuthatswana
In office
6 December 1977 – 13 March 1994[1]
Preceded byNone
Succeeded byNone
Chief Minister of Bophuhtatswana
In office
1 June 1972 – 6 December 1977
Chief Councillor of Tswanaland
In office
c. 1968 – 1 June 1972
Personal details
Born(1923-12-27)27 December 1923
Motswedi, Transvaal, South Africa[2]
Died18 January 2018(2018-01-18) (aged 94)
Spouse(s)Leah (deceased)

Kgosi Lucas Manyane Mangope (27 December 1923[3] – 18 January 2018)[4] was a South African politician. He is the former leader of the Bantustan of Bophuthatswana and founder and former leader of the United Christian Democratic Party, a minor political party based in the North West of South Africa.

On 1 May 1971, Mangope became Chief Minister of the Bophuthatswana Legislative Assembly and retained his post following the first Bophuthatswana elections on 4 October 1972. Initially leader of the Bophuthatswana National Party, Mangope left the party following what was officially referred to as 'internal strife' and formed the Bophuthatswana Democratic Party, which then became the governing party. He became President in 1977.

In 1988 he was briefly overthrown by members of a military police unit, and was reinstated following intervention by the South African Defence Force.

References[change | change source]

  1. "South African homelands". www.rulers.org.
  2. tinashe (14 December 2011). "Lucas Manyane Mangope, president of the former homeland Bophuthatswana, is born in Motswedi, near Zeerust, Transvaal". South African History Online. Archived from the original on 23 January 2019. Retrieved 15 February 2019.
  3. Inc, Facts on File (15 February 1987). "The World almanac & book of facts". Newspaper Enterprise Association – via Google Books.
  4. Motau, Koketšo. "Condolences pour in for former Bophuthatswana leader Lucas Mangope". ewn.co.za.