Jacob Koti Dikobo
Cde. Dikobo was born on the 22nd
February 1962 in the village of Bataung (Makgophong) in
Zebediela, Limpopo Province.
He attended Khureng Primary School and Bataung (Ramasodi)
Primary School. He completed Standard 8 at Tubake Secondary
School, and went on to do Matric (Standard 10) at Setotolwane
College of Education.
During his days at Tubake, he was part of the Student Leadership
serving in the Student Representative Council, after the
Students hijacked the prefect system and turned it into a
vehicle to advance the cause of students.
He also excelled in debate, representing both Tubake and
He holds a Bachelor of Education in Pedagogy (B.A. (Paed)) and
Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) degrees from the University of the
He has worked at the following institutions:
Ramohlokolo High School as a Teacher.
Bokamoso Senior Secondary School as a Teacher, Head of
Department, Deputy Principal and Principal.
Florapark Comprehensive High School as Principal.
He became active in the activities of the Youth League of the
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Southern Africa (ELCSA), serving
in various Leadership positions, among others:
Chairperson of the Lutheran Students Christian Fellowship in
Youth Director for ELCSA Northern Diocese.
Youth Chairperson for ELCSA
In those capacities he attended the following, among others:
Through the Exchange Programme with the Church of Swedish
Mission, a programme at the Swedish Theological Institute in
The Global Mission Event of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in
Washington DC, USA.
The Multi Cultural Youth Leadership Event (MYLE) of ELCA in
ELCA National Youth Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, where he
gave a Lecture on the situation in South Africa.
Travelled around the North Eastern Ohio Synod talking to
various groups on South Africa.
He also served as Chairperson for the Youth of the Lutheran
Communion in Southern Africa (LUCSA), which is an Organisation
of Lutheran Churches from Angola, Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique,
Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
He was also active in the Ecumenical Movement circles, having
served in the following positions:
Secretary and later, Chairman of the Students
Inter-Denominational Organization (SIDO) at the University of
Chairman of the Youth of the Northern Transvaal Council of
Secretary for the Youth Committee of the South African Council
of Churches (SACC)
In those capacities he was part of the SACC Youth Delegation to
World Council of Churches Programme to Combat Racism which was
held in Harare, Zimbabwe, and also to the Youth Conference of
the All Africa Christian Conference which was held in Ndola,
An active Unionist, he served the Professional Educators Union (PEU)
as Vice Chairman of the Pietersburg Central District, and as
Vice Chairman of the Limpopo Province.
He was elected President of PEU in 2002, re-elected in 2004 and
He also served in the following positions:
Vice President of the National Professional Teachers
Organisation of South Africa (NAPTOSA).
Deputy President of NAPTOSA.
Member of the Central Committee of the National Council of
Trade Unions (NACTU).
Vice President of the Confederation of South African Workers
Member of the National Board for Further Education and
Member of the NEDLAC Development Chamber.
Member of the Board of the ETDP-SETA, and as Broad Labour
Representative in the Executive Committee, Human Resources
Committee and Finance Committee.
Chairman of the College Council of the Capricorn College for
Further Education and Training.
Secretary of the College Council of Kwena Moloto College.
He was elected President of the Association of Non-Aligned
Teacher Unions in Southern Africa (ANTUSA) at its founding
Meeting in Kabwe, Zambia; a position he relinquished when he was
elected to the position of AZAPO President.
Cde Dikobo grew up in the Black Consciousness Movement, and
started serving in Leadership structures during his Student days
at the University of the North. He served as Secretary, and
later as Chairman of the Turfloop Branch of the Azanian Students
He also served in the following positions:
Secretary of the Seshego Branch of AZAPO.
Secretary of the Seshego Education Watchdog Committee (SEWACO)
Secretary of the Northern Transvaal Region of AZAPO.
Secretary for Education for the Northern Transvaal Region of
Vice Chairman of AZAPO Northern Transvaal Region
AZAPO National Secretary for Education
Member of the AZAPO Central Committee
He became involved in the underground activities of AZAPO and
the BCMA, joining the Azanian National Liberation Army (AZANLA).
He was part of the AZAPO Delegation to a meeting with the then
exiled Black Consciousness Movement of Azania (BCMA) and the Pan
Africanist Congress of Azania (PAC) in Kadoma, Zimbabwe.
He was elected President at the 20th Congress in March 2010.
He is married to Mildred, and they are blessed with two
daughters and a son.