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“Kuzokhala isigwagwagwa”: understanding the germination of Harry Gwala’s political militancy

Presented by Dr Mxolisi Dlamuka

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Date(s) - 2 Jul 2020
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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When Harry Gwala was released from prison on 26 November 1988, Natal
had already exploded into one of the bloodiest episodes of political violence of the
last decade of apartheid. Faced with the unfolding brutality, Gwala developed new
typologies of violence that were relevant for the situation on the ground. Sometimes
his political stances set him against the political direction of the national leadership of
the African National Congress, especially its president, Nelson Mandela. Gwala’s political
militancy was a reaction to the state violence, isolationism and torture, and needs to
be viewed within the context of the prevailing political environment of the early 1990s.

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