Tando Bobby Mgijima was born in Gugulethu, Cape Town. He completed his schooling both in Cape Town and eNgcobo in the Eastern Cape, up to secondary level. He has a long history of community and political involvement going back to the mid-80s.This is where he gained a solid grounding in the principles of social justice. He has worked for more than two decades in the labour movement with NEHAWU and later NUMSA, and has contributed to research and education programmes for the Unemployed Workers’ Movement and later for Khanya College in Johannesburg.