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Title:The African National Congress and the policy of non-racialism: a study of the membership issue
Author:Ndebele, NhlanhlaISNI
Periodical:Politikon: South African Journal of Political Studies
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:African National Congress (South Africa)
party programmes
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/0258934022000027763
Abstract:Through an examination of the lengthy and highly contested debate in South Africa over the issue of open membership of the African National Congress (ANC), the present article tests two propositions concerning the organization's commitment to non-racialism. The one argues that non-racialism has been an enduring part of the ANC's culture - a so-called 'unbreakable thread' - since the ANC's formation in South Africa in 1912, while the other argues that for years the ANC embraced a narrow and exclusive brand of African nationalism, and that its embrace of non-racialism came about only as a result of sustained struggle within largely the post-1960 exiled wing of the organization. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]