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Fun Fact: Tokyo Sexwale was once arrested in the US for this silly reason

After attempting to overthrow the apartheid government, Tokyo Sexwale was one of the freedom fighters who was imprisoned on Robben Island for a period of time. This is probably common knowledge at this point.

In addition to this, he is one of the wealthiest men not only in South Africa but in the entire world as well. This is not the case only in South Africa. According to Forbes, he is reported to have a net worth of over a staggering $200 million, which is equivalent to billions of rand in terms of the currency used in South Africa.

His company, Mvelaphanda Group, is an investment firm that has holdings in a variety of industries, including technology, the internet, telecommunications, and mining, and it is the primary source of his riches.

Following his departure from politics in 2003, he established the corporation. He made excellent use of BEE in this manner, and as a result, he amassed a fortune of one billion dollars.

Tokyo is someone who travels a lot as a businessman, and at one point in October 2013, he went to the United States to attend a meeting. However, right as he was about to return to Mzansi, he was detained at the JFK Airport.

He was taken into custody because to the fact that during the time of apartheid, the United States government mistakenly added MK Veterans to a list of terrorist organizations and then neglected to update their databases and delete them. Because they believed that Sexwale, who was also an MK Vet, was a member of a terrorist organization, they detained him.

Thankfully, after they checked him out with the relevant sources, he was released after a few hours. However, he was so furious that he immediately contacted his lawyers to sue the United States government for his treatment while he was detained.

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