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Title:The Barolong Progressive Association: local politics and the struggle for land in the eastern Orange Free State, 1928-1940
Author:Murray, C.ISNI
Periodical:Africa Perspective
Geographic terms:South Africa
Orange Free State
political action
Abstract:Describes the Barolong Progressive Association (BPA), from 1928, when a petition was presented to register it as an association, to 1940, when its leaders were charged with holding an illegal meeting (at Thaba 'Nchu, South Africa) and convicted. The recurrent theme of the BPA's activities in this period, most strongly articulated by its charismatic leader Kali John Matsheka, was the desire to recover the people and the land. The people were those Barolong who had been 'lost' as a result of the disintegration of the political community in the 1880s; the land was the territory of chief Moroka that had been annexed by the Orange Free State in 1884 and subsequently dismembered. While the BPA was not very successful in achieving its goals, its activities directly shaped the patterns of resistance which emerged in the district in the 1940s and 1950s. Ref.