Today, humanitarian hero Frank Chikane is an established author whose books range from an autobiography 'No Life of My Own', to probing political commentaries. He helped change the landscape for many South Africans, with his bible firmly under his arm and his hope anchored in a higher power.

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Reverend Frank Chikane is a former General Secretary of the South African Council of Churches


During the 1970s, humanitarian icon Frank Chikane's education was frequently interrupted by incarceration. Schooled in the Black Consciousness Movement, it was while he was training at the Apostolic Faith Mission as a pastor that he was defrocked because of his involvement in politics.

But this did not stop him in his fight for justice and equality. While still a high school student, Chikane became involved in the South African Student Organisation (SASO) and later became leader of this group. However, when the apartheid regime banned certain organisations in 1977, SASO was also banned.

When Chikane became involved in the Soweto People's Delegation (SPD), of which he was also a founding member, the organisation started to build one of the many bridges that brought equality between black and white in South Africa.

This is just one example, as humanitarian hero Frank Chikane was involved in many groups that brought change to South Africa. He was constantly detained without trial and arrested by apartheid security forces, but his strong spirit and will carried him through.

Decades later, Frank Chikane is a respected and admired humanitarian figure all over the globe. He was reinstated as a priest in 1990 and received numerous awards for the work that he has done.

Chikane has a Masters degree in Theology (University of Natal, 1992) as well as a Masters in Public Administration (J F Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, 1995). He was Director General in the office of the deputy president from 1994-1999, and Director General in the office of the president from 1999-2008.

The Rev Chikane retains a national profile but has been devoting more time to his congregation in recent years.

His most recent book is The Things that Could Not be Said: From A(ids) to Z(imbabwe) (2013).

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