Govan Mbeki is the father of Thabo Mbeki. He was a political activist in his own right. He served in the high command of uMkhonto weSizwe and was amongst the high commandas of MK who were arrested in Rivonia and sentenced for life imprisonment in Robben Island Maximun Prison. He is a graduate of University of Fort Hare and a journalist by profession. He was the first amongst the Rivonia treason trialists to be released.