The history of the ANC specifically in the North West Province was documented in a new book launched on 25 August on the NWU Mafikeng Campus. The book, titled Khongolose and authored by Prof Bernard Mbenga and Prof Andrew Manson from the Campus as well as Dr Arianna Lissoni from the University of the Witwatersrand captured the history of the ANC in the province since 1909.
The publication 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. It focuses on the 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.
Written by authors well versed in the province’s political background, this account sheds light on people and events that have not figured so centrally in previous histories of the ANC. In so doing, it increases the reader’s knowledge and appreciation of the organization and provides a legacy to which others may aspire.
“It is an extreme honour to launch this book after many consultations dating as early as 2009. This book celebrates local heroes and struggle stalwarts who played a huge role in ushering in democracy”, said Prof. Mbenga.