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Title:Tsekedi Khama, Patrick Duncan and the ANC leadership vacuum in South Africa 1949-55
Author:Makgala, Christian J.
Year:2001
Periodical:Botswana Notes and Records (ISSN 0525-5090)
Volume:33
Pages:47-53
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:South Africa
Botswana
Southern Africa
Subjects:national liberation movements
African National Congress (South Africa)
traditional rulers
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
History and Exploration
Ethnic and Race Relations
colonialism
Politics and Government
politics
political history
Political leadership
About person:Tshekedi Khama (1905-1959)ISNI
Link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/40980295
Abstract:Tshekedi Khama was a proven administrator of the BaNgwato Tribe in the Bechuanaland Protectorate (now Botswana) and a consummate negotiator in legal battles. At the same time he was deeply involved in the political struggles in South Africa. In the early 1950s in South Africa the ANC, whose older leaders were Tshekedi's personal friends, while younger figures like Nelson Mandela greatly admired him, was undergoing a crisis. Its leader Chief Luthuli was becoming marginalized, and its campaign of civil disobedience increasingly ineffective. There was also paranoia among liberals and Africanists about the role of the ANC during this 'leadership vacuum'. In 1955 Patrick Duncan therefore attempted to persuade Tshekedi to involve himself in ANC and/or radical-liberal politics in South Africa. Patrick Duncan was a former British colonial administrator in Lesotho, and later became a political activist of liberal inclination in South Africa. In response to Duncan's requests Tshekedi was noncommittal and stated that given his already sour relations with the apartheid regime he was likely to face the same fate as Chief Luthuli. He was of the opinion that the effective way was cooperation between the people in the Protectorates and the ANC, but in such a way that the apartheid regime did not realize that it was being provoked. Bibliogr. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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