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Mda, Dan Tloome, and David Bopape. Many of them remained at the forefront of the struggle for freedom and equality in South Africa for the next half century.
However, the person the Youth An introduction to the history of aids turned to in for their first president is not even listed in this group. He was a Natal born lawyer, Anton Muziwakhe Lembede. Known to his friends as "Lembs," Lembede was a political neophyte when he moved from the Orange Free State to Johannesburg in to practice law.
His sharp intellect, fiery personality, and unwavering commitment to the struggle made an immediate impression on his peers, and he was quickly catapulted into prominence in both the Youth League and the ANC. He is best remembered for his passionate and eloquent articulation of an African-centered philosophy of nationalism that he called "Africanism.
They had to shed their feelings of inferiority and redefine their self-image, rely on their own resources, and unite and mobilize as a national group around their own leaders.
Though African nationalism remains to this day a vibrant strand of African political thought in South Africa, Lembede stands out as thefirst to have constructed a philosophy of African nationalism. Writing about Lembede is a challenging task for several reasons. One is that we are still faced with significant gaps in our knowledge of his life, especially the years before he moved to Johannesburg and entered politics.
Another is that Lembede did not have the opportunity to develop many of his ideas fully because of the short time period in which he was politically active. Consequently, it is difficult to chart precisely the evolution of his political ideas.
The first consists of essays he wrote in the s when he was a student at Adams College and, later, a teacher in Natal and the Orange Free State. Subsequent sections present his political writings from to when he was active on the political scene and began to frame his philosophy of African nationalism.
His views on African nationalism, religion, the ANC Youth League, cultural affairs, and other political movements were primarily set out in letters and essays he submitted to the black press.
But we have also included reports on his speeches. Finally, we have included tributes to Lembede by his contemporaries on his death.
She tutored Anton at home in the basics of reading and writing until he was ready to pass Standard II. But she was anxious for him and her other children to escape their gruelling lives as farm laborers.
Aroundshe prevailed on her husband to relocate the family to Mphephetho in the Umbumbulu "native" reserve situated mid-way between Pietermaritzburg and Durban so that their children could have access to formal schooling. For a variety of reasons, white farmers evicted thousands of Africans from their farms in the late s.
As teenagers, he and Nicholas often played a game in which they acted out the role of a priest. Indeed, both told their family that they intended to become priests. However, Anton promised that before joining the priesthood, he would teach for a few years to pay school fees for his brothers and sisters.
Inkanyezi was her first teaching post. About 60 students squeezed into her classroom in a "building made of wattle and daub with a corrugated iron roofing but with no ceiling.
In addition, to Standard III and IV students, she taught nature study, short stories from South African history, regional geography and reading, writing, and arithmetic.
Sibeko was the sole teacher for all the classes, and one of her techniques for coping with such a large and diverse group of children was to parcel out responsibilities. Since Anton was one of her best students, she often taught him a lesson and had him instruct the others.
His family remembers him herding the family cattle, but being so engrossed by his books that he let the cattle wander off. It was awarded first prize.
When we interviewed her in Augustshe had no hesitation recollecting his short essay. You can go to any store. If you present this coin the store-keeper gives you whatever you want. The nations know the value of money, and we too realise that money rules the world. He worked for a while in a kitchen at Escombe in order to buy books and pay school fees at Umbumbulu Government School, where he completed Standard VI with a first class pass.
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