CPUSA: Happy 100th birthday to the African National Congress

BY: Communist Party USA| January 11, 2012

From the Communist Party of the United States of America (CPUSA)

To: The African National Congress
Luthuli House,
Johannesburg, South Africa

On Saturday January 7, South Africa’s African National Congress (ANC) celebrates its 100th birthday. This event represents a century of creative struggle for the freedom of all the people’s of South Africa. It is a tremendous event for South Africans to celebrate, and for the whole world to celebrate with them.

The ANC was formally founded on January 8, 1912 in Bloemfontein, capital of the Orange Free State, in response to increasingly harsh racist measures taken by the white dominated government that had achieved self-rule within the British Empire in 1910. Well before the advent of the Afrikaner Nationalist Party’s apartheid system, the white elite, of both Afrikaner and British background, was moving aggressively to drive Africans off the land and turn them into a source of cheap labor for the mines and other industries. To achieve this, it was necessary to deprive the majority population of what little political and civic rights it had enjoyed up to then, by means of such abominations as the famous pass laws and other restrictions. Noted South African intellectuals and leaders of the time, including John Dube, Sol Plaatje and Pixley Seme saw the need for the Black majority in South Africa to unite across ethnic, regional and other lines to confront this menacing prospect with a united program of struggle for equality, inclusion and justice.

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