African National Congress

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The African National Congress (ANC) has been South Africa's governing party since the establishment of majority rule in April 1994. The organisation was initially founded as the South African Native National Congress (SANNC) on 8 January 1912 in Bloemfontein, with the aim of increasing the rights of black South African’s. The organization became the ANC in 1923 and formed a military wing, Umkhonto we Sizwe (Spear of the Nation) in 1961.

This history of the ANC is one indicative of the struggle for freedom and justice in South Africa. The ‘history’ tab outlines key events in the organisations’s history, written in chapters. Tribute is paid to allied organisations under the tab ‘affiliates’, and a list of key figures is provided under the ‘people’ tab, with links to biographies. An ‘archive’ of ANC history related documents, articles, books and thesis have also been included, as well as a ‘timeline’.