Seetsele Modiri Molema South Africa

Biography of Seetsele Modiri Molema

Silas Modiri Molema
Silas Modiri Molema

Silas Modiri Molema was born in Mafeking (Mahikeng), north-west South Africa, son of Silas, a landowner and Chief of the Tshidi Barolong community. Educated at Lovedale, Modiri came to the University to study Medicine, aged 23, in 1914. Despite financial hardship throughout his studies owning to his dependency on his father's wealth, Modiri graduated MB ChB in 1919. During his studies he became the President of the African Races Association of Glasgow (ARA), entering into the debate about the future of South Africa and Race relations. He also published his first work "The Bantu Past and Present" (1920).

Upon graduation, Modiri undertook residency at the Hume Street Hospital, Dublin, returning to Mahikeng as a medical practitioner in 1921 treating all races. By the 1940s he was actively involved in politics, becoming the National Secretary of the African National Congress (ANC) in December 1949.

Summary

Seetsele Modiri Molema
Born 1892.
Died 1965.
GU Degree: MB ChB, 1919; Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences,
University Link: Alumnus, Graduate
Occupation categories: authors; physicians; politicians
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English snippet: Among the first African medical graduates in South Africa
Record last updated: 21st Mar 2013

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South Africa South Africa, Mahikeng
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  • Alumnus
  • Graduate