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Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Box number, Folder Name and/or number, Neil Leighton document collection on labor and politics in South Africa, 1986-1989. , MSS 376, Special Collections, MSU Libraries, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

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Collection Summary:

Papers (chiefly photocopies) collected by Neil Leighton in South Africa focusing on Alexandra, popular protest and labor movements.

Historical Background:

Alexandra Township, part of Johannesburg, South Africa, dates back to 1912. It was at that time the only place where black people could buy free-hold land. In 1985 as an extension of the apartheid administration the government announced the Black local authorities and Township councils. The Alexandra Action Committee was organized by the citizens of Alexandra as a counter-council to it. The AAC identified the problems as unemployment, harassment by Police and police informers, high taxi and bus fares, low wages, high rents, poor education, poor housing, the demolition of shacks by police, the presence of troops in the townships, and the "bucket system" of sewerage. Mayekiso talked about starting cooperatives for the unemployed and bulk buying schemes to reduce the price of goods.  Moses Mayekiso, Paul Tshabalala, Richard Mdakane, Obed Bapela, and Mzwanele Mayekiso were leaders of the AAC. They were all eventually charged with treason and imprisoned.

Processing Note:

Processed by Hannah Sherman and Leslie M. Behm, December 2013,


Box Folder Description
1 1 Alexandra Action Committee meetings, 1986
  2 Volunteer Co-ordinating Committee agenda, 1986
  3 "Workers at GM Down Tools" South African response to disinvestment strategies of U.S.
  4 Season of stayaways: Popular proest in Port Elizabeth and Uitenhage in 1986
  5 Maller, Judy. Worker Participation. ASSA paper 1989 (session 9C)
  6 Morris, Michael. Why do unions change policies? : NUMSA's organizational journey from plant level to national collective bargaining.
  7 NUMSA Resolution on constitutional guidelines; NUMSA Resolution on the process of political settlement
  8 Draft constitutionn of Alexandra Action Committee
  9 Mayekiso and four others: Disbursement account

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