SOME (COMRADELY) REFLECTIONS ON THE CENTENARY CELEBRATION OF THE AFRICAN NATIONAL CONGRESS (ANC) AND THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY EVENTS IN BLOEMFONTEIN, SOUTH AFRICA, JANUARY 7-8, 2012

by Prexy Nesbitt
Chicago, Illinois
January 23, 2012
8 pages
Language: English
On the occasion of attending the event in South Africa celebrating the 100th anniversary of the African National Congress (ANC), Nesbitt reflects on his anti-apartheid and Southern Africa solidarity work and the challenges currently facing the ANC. His involvement began as he got to know people working with several liberation movements, including the ANC and FRELIMO, and solidarity organizations when he lived in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania in 1965-66 and in London in 1968. Nesbitt discusses the Statement of the National Executive Committee of the African National Congress on the Occasion of the 100th Anniversary of the ANC, 8 January 2012, Bloemfontein He also reports on the President's Dinner with 1,700 international guests held on January 7, 2012. Regarding challenges facing the ANC, he writes: "Watching all those people I thought about all the 'challenges' that the ANC felt, all of its weaknesses and failings. I knew that all those people knew all that and then some. And yet they turned out. They mobilized for what, 'warts and all,' as the expressions goes, was their ANC." He also recommends the KAIROS Southern Africa document about the current situation, Theological and Ethical Reflections on the 2012 Centenary Celebrations of the African National Congress Nesbitt opens the document with short quotations from Marcelino dos Santos, Amilcar Cabral, and Nelson Mandela.
Used by permission of Prexy Nesbitt.