He went to school in South Africa, first at Mariazell in the Transvaal, and then at Inkamana High School.
After a final year at St Joseph’s College, Roma, he sought work in South Africa. He joined the police and stayed in the country from 1949 to 1963.
On his return home in 1963 he Rained a scholarship to study public administration in England. The following year he was elected chairman of the Basutoland National Party Steering Committee and made responsible for drawing up policy and strategy for the April 1965 elections.
After winning the Koeneng seat by lhc narrow margin of 35 votes he was appointed Minister of Justice in Chief Jonathan’s first cabinet. He played a significant role in the independence Negotiations in London. In all new legislation he ensured fair treatment for government employees. In July 1967 "e became Minister of Finance and made his mark at Commonwealth finance Ministers’ meetings in London, Cyprus and Barbados.
When Chief Jonathan decided to relinquish the Foreign Affairs portfolio he trusted to handle it skilfully Chief Peete Peete. After the Deputy Minister.
His first political commitment was to the Basutoland Congress Party which he joined in 1953. When he completed a short break back home' and returned to Germiston, Transvaal, in 1954 he was an active BCP member. He resigned from the Party in 1957 on the grounds that they were no longer loyal to their ideals and joined the Basutoland National Party in 1959. He was president of the
Transvaal branch until December 1962.
Professional politician to his finger-tips, the man most people forecast to be Prime Minister one day. A thrusting, hard-working Party boss with experience at all the important ministries to enable him to take effective charge of the government. Having studied public administration and proved his ability in practical terms he is a man who knows how to get things done. A friendly exuberant character provided he is not crossed. As a former corporal in the South African Police, hardened by nearly 14 years in South Africa, he does not flinch from stern action.