Contents: LSM'S OLE GJERSTAD INTERVIEWS GEORGE SILUNDIKA, ZAPU PUBLICITY AND INFORMATION SECRETARY • FROM PARLIAMENTARY ROAD TO UNDERGROUND STRUGGLE • THE MILITARY SITUATION • POLITICAL CONFLICTS IN THE MOVEMENT • ESTABLISHING A SOCIALIST BASE • ON ZIMBABWE STUDENTS ABROAD • EXTERNAL RELATIONS AND THE JOINT MILITARY COMMAND • STRUGGLE FOR A HUMANE SOCIETY • APPENDIX: THE FIVE PRINCIPLES • George Silundika was born in 1929 in south-western Zimbabwe near the Botswana border. His father, a store manager, sent him to mission schools, first to a nearby location and later to South Africa for secondary education. In the early 1950's while attending university at Fort Hare, he became involved in the Youth League, which at the time played an important part in heightening anti-colonial and anti-racist consciousness among the youth of southern Africa. In 1959, he helped launch the National Democratic Party, successor to the banned African National Congress, and was elected its Secretary General. The Zimbabwe African People’s Union was formed in December 1961, and Silundika worked at its Secretariat until September 1962 when, like many of his comrades, he was placed under restrictions as ZAPU, too, was banned. This interview was taped and edited by LSM's Ole Gjerstad at the ZAPU external headquarters in Lusaka, Zambia in November 1972. Additional data was added by T.G. Silundika in December 1973. The pamphlet mentions the Zimbabwe People's Revolutionary Army (ZPRA), a guerrilla army, the Revolutionary Council, socialist countries, the Rhodesian regime, the National Democratic Party (NDP), the External Liaison Committee (ELC), liberation movements, the racist Ian Smith regime, Alec Douglas Home, the British government, the Pearce Commission, Wankie, settlers, military operations, Edward Ndlovu, the Cold Comfort Conference, Joshua Nkomo, the Zimbabwe African National Union (ZANU), Janes Chikerema, George Nyandoro, negotiations, the African National Council, a white minority, colonialism, the oppressive economic system, studying abroad, FROLIZI, Rev. Sithole, Winston Field, independence, the Organization of African Unity (OAU), European colonialism, Bishop Muzorewa, the Vorster regime, the Caetano regime in Portugal, South Africa, Namibia, the NATO countries, South Africa's Minister of Defense Botha, the World Peace Council, OSPAAAL (Organization in Solidarity with the People of Africa, Asia, and Latin America), and the Afro-Asian Solidarity Organization.
Used by permission of former members of Liberation Support Movement.
Collection: Private collection of Candice Wright