Mandela and Communism, two articles from SAHO

Mandela’s membership of the Communist Party: what needs to be reassessed? by Tom Lodge

The evidence that Stephen Ellis refers to about Mandela’s membership of the Communist Party is pretty definitive. It is based upon recollections of party members some of whose testimony is derived from first hand experience. Joe Matthews was a member of the clandestine SACP’s leadership in the late 1950s and early 1960s. He told the Cape Town based Russian researcher Irina Filatova in 2004 shortly before he died about attending central committee meetings at which Mandela was present.

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Mandela, Communism and South Africa by Stephen Ellis

The documentary evidence of Nelson Mandela’s membership of the South African Communist Party can contribute to a more truthful assessment of the country’s modern history, says the scholar who uncovered it, Stephen Ellis.
A recently discovered document shows that Nelson Mandela was a member of the South African Communist Party (SACP) in the early 1960s, when he became the first commander of the guerrilla organisation Umkhonto we Sizwe (Spear of the Nation). Mandela, the first president of post-apartheid South Africa (1994-99) after his release from twenty-seven years’ imprisonment, has always denied having been a communist.

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One Response to “Mandela and Communism, two articles from SAHO”

  1. ndumiso jele Says:

    Mandela had a ideas of communisim in a polite approach , the sacp had an extensive approach tha could have brought a civil war, mandelas membership to the SACP is a false assumption. Yet not a offence because chriss hhani was also a member of the SACP but had been pushing the same agendas as those of the ANC’s

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