Comrades Against Apartheid

Comrades Against Apartheid

The ANC and the South African Communist Party in Exile
Stephen Ellis and Tsepho Sechaba
Distribution: Canada, Mexico, Philippines, Puerto Rico and United States of America
Publication date: 03/22/1992
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-253-21062-3
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... this book is rich in information, allegation, and argument. Moreover, its forthright tone balances the indulgent piety of much other writing on the ANC and SACP." —SouthScan

... a fascinating and indispensable account of how the inner workings of the South African Communist Party affected its problematic role in and ambiguous impact on the antiapartheid struggle." —Choice

... extraordinary.... Possibly the most original contribution in a decade to the literature on South African politics." —Foreign Affairs

Using insider knowledge and previously unavailable information, the authors describe how the Communist Party took over leadership of the ANC during the time when both organizations were banned in South Africa and forced to establish their headquarters in exile. The book also discusses the guerrilla army set up jointly by the two organizations in 1961 under the command of Nelson Mandela.

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Table of Contents


1. The Communist Party of South Africa 1921-1950
2. The Spear of the Nation 1951-1968
3. The Party Triumphant 1969-1975
4. From Soweto to Angola 1976-1979
5. Destabilisation 1980-1983
6. Mutiny 1984
7. Rising in the Townships 1984-1985
8. States of Emergency 1986-1987
9. Soldiers and Diplomats 1987-90

Appendix I: Acronyms
Appendix II: Glossary