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This resource is hosted by the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, but was compiled and authored by Padraig O’Malley. It is the product of almost two decades of research and includes analyses, chronologies, historical documents, and interviews from the apartheid and post-apartheid eras.

Documented proof of ANC's sabotage plans

"The opportunities for developing the armed struggle right inside South Africa are becoming more possible. Through armed force, with Umkhonto We Sizwe - the ANC's military wing - as the armed spearhead, we will smash the brute force of the oppressors."- Extract from a Flyer distributed by 'leaflet bomb' commemorating Sharpeville day, 19 March 1976 by the ANC

"UMKHONTO provides our people with the skills of modern warfare. The bomb blasts and sabotage actions that rocked South Africa in the early 1960s are being heard again." -Extract from a Flyer distributed by 'leaflet bomb' commemorating Heroes Day, 15 December 1976 by the ANC

"The liberation movement, through Umkhonto we Sizwe, the armed wing of the ANC, has as its immediate task the launching of armed struggle in South Africa. In the mines and factories we must organise secret groups that will attack when the moment is right, through strikes, through sabotage, or other tasks which the liberation movement will call upon the people to undertake" - Extract from a Flyer distributed by 'leaflet bomb' commemorating anniversary of Soweto uprising, June 1977 by the ANC

"Forming underground units and combat groups in our places of work and taking such actions as sabotage in the factories, mines, farms and suburbs, and disrupt the enemy's oil, energy, transport, communications and other vital systems. Systematic attacks against the army and police and the so-called area defence units in the White areas" - Take the Struggle to the White Areas - Distributed in SA in late 1985 by the ANC

"In 1988, a Pentagon Report listed Nelson Mandela's African National Congress as one of the world's 'more notorious terrorist groups'. Much of the ANC's success and popularity was related to its constitutional agenda rather than its terrorist wing, suggesting that terrorism was not essential to the end of Apartheid, and, therefore, not justified." (Joseba Zulaike and William A Douglass. Terror and Taboo Routledge: New York, 1996, p. 12)

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