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Meeting of UDF with speech by Archie Gumede

Duration: 00:20:40

People: Archie Gumede

Primary Language(s): English

Description: Large meeting of the United Democratic Front in Cape Town. Speech by Archie Gumede is featured in which he explains that the UDF is a front, not an organization, and that all groups in the front need not agree on everything. Argues that it is important for organizations to act together. Gumede was an activist from the time of the Congress of the People in 1955. He was active on issues of education after the 1976 student uprising and chaired the Release Mandela Committee in the 1980s. He helped to plan the UDF and served on its steering committee.

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"It is composed of different organizations which do not agree necessarily in all respects with each other's points of view." 00:02:34
Description: Archie Gumede, one of the three co-presidents of the UDF (and one of the accused in the Treason Trial in 1956-1960), explains the meaning of the UDF's being a "united front." He also emphasizes the UDF's opposition to government reforms of apartheid contained in the new constitution (i.e., the Tricameral Parliament) and the Koornhof bills (regarding new pass laws and new local authorities in African townships).