By William Mervin Gumede
Thabo Mbeki performs a vital function in global politics, yet to many of us he's an enigma. during this booklet Gumede pulls jointly his insights from years of reporting at the Mbeki presidency to create a worldly yet easy-to-read account of strength in South Africa. He explores the advanced place that Mbeki occupies and divulges the underlying political and private tensions that support clarify the forces that experience created one of many world's strongest and enigmatic leaders. protecting Mbeki's makes an attempt to modernize the financial system and kick-start an African Renaissance, and investigating his debatable stance on matters from AIDS to Zimbabwe, the e-book bargains precious insights into the arcane machinations at the back of political judgements that contact the lives of hundreds of thousands each day.
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Thabo says the influx of BC leaders was instrumental in giving the upper hand to the African nationalists in the ANC, following a period when the SACP left was in total control of the liberation movement. ’64 The students and trade unionists brought with them a particular leadership style that emphasised internal democracy, freedom of expression, the right to dissent, consultation, regular elections and active opposition to a leadership cult. On Robben Island, there was a battle for the minds of the new and young BC recruits between the old African nationalists, represented by Mandela, Sisulu and Kathrada, and the ANC’s left, consisting of SACP stalwart ‘Oom Gov’ Mbeki, Harry Gwala – the Marxist-Leninist teacher and trade unionist known as ‘The Lion of the Midlands’ – and Raymond ‘Oom Ray’ Mhlaba.
He defied a 1952 government ultimatum to withdraw from liberation politics or face being deposed as a chief, and, as a committed non-racist, led the ANC to work closely with other races and communists. His leadership also helped nudge the Young Turks into embracing a much broader non-racist approach. 55 The civil disobedience that lay at the core of the protest action gained massive support for the ANC, especially among the youth. The South African Congress of Trade Unions (SACTU) was formed in March 1953 as the first non-racial trade union, representing eight African and three Coloured unions, as well as white laundry workers.
They approached ZK Matthews, but he considered them naive and immature and turned them down. At the last minute they found James Moroka, a medical doctor like Xuma and a respected activist, though not even an ANC member at the time. He endorsed their programme of action but, to their dismay, persisted in referring to the ANC as the African National Council. 01-ThaboMbeki2nd 1/08/2007 13:26 Page 19 f r e e d o m ’s lo n g wa l k Apartheid was legalised in 1948, when the National Party came to power with a small majority and immediately began codifying white domination and segregation.