- TUT has bestowed an honorary doctorate on struggle stalwart Tlou Theophilus Cholo
- Cholo received training as an MK operative and served time at Robben Island
- He previously received the Order of Luthuli in Silver for his contribution
Tshwane University of Technology has conferred an honorary doctorate on veteran anti-apartheid activist Tlou Theophilus Cholo.
Cholo received the honour on Thursday, 11 October, Briefly.co.za gathered. TUT's Chancellor, Dr Gwen Ramokgopa, posted photos of the ceremony on Twitter with the caption:
I had an honour of conferring an honorary doctorate to struggle veteran Tlou Theophilus Cholo in my capacity as TUT Chancellor yesterday during #SpringGraduation ceremony. Dr Cholo is a selfless cadre who sacrificed his lifetime in the struggle against apartheid.
Rekordmoot.co.za reported that Cholo thanked the university for the honour. He added:
Since I was informed about my nomination, up to where I am standing in front of you to accept this award, the university has treated me with the utmost respect. I salute you all.
92-year-old Cholo also received the Order of Luthuli in Silver in 2009 for his lifelong and selfless contribution to the anti-apartheid struggle.
According to thepresidency.gov.za, he was among the first to join Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK). He subsequently received military trade union training in the Soviet Union and China.
Cholo was arrested when his MK unit infiltrated South Africa in 1972 and sentenced to 16 years at Robben Island. He was released in 1988.
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