NWU launches book on ANC history


THE North West University has launched a history book that captures the story of the ANC in the province.

  The book titled Kongolose, was written by academics Prof Bernard Mbenga and Prof Andrew Manson with the support of Wits University researcher Dr Arianna Lissoni.

  It documents the history of the revolutionary from 1909, three years before the ANC’s official launch in 1912.

  The authors said that the book offers a regional perspective on the ANC’s 100 year history. “Many accounts of the ANC have focused predominantly on national or urban issues and developments often to the detriment of the periphery.

  The book focuses on South Africa’s North-West Province, a mainly rural and less well understood, but nonetheless extremely vital, area of the ANC’s activities and strategies in its wider national liberation history,” Prof Mbenga said.

  Given the thorough knowledge and understanding of North West issues by the two authors, the book presents a political account that sheds light on people and events that have not figured so centrally in previous histories of the ANC.

  Expectations are that the book will help increase people’s knowledge and appreciation of the ANC as an organization and how it worked for a politically free South Africa.

  Mbenga said that Kongolose provides a legacy to which others may aspire.

“It is an extreme honor to launch this book after many consultations dating as early as 2009 if not 2008. This book celebrates out local heroes and struggle stalwarts who play a huge role in ushering in democracy,” he added.

  Present at the book launch were North-West MEC for Culture, Arts and Traditional Affairs, Ontlametse Mochware and first Premier of the North West now chairperson of state enterprise, Prasa, Popo Molefe.

Source: http://www.thenewage.co.za



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