n Journal for Contemporary History - The political role of TM Mapikela at provincial and national level in South Africa, 1903-1945

Volume 32, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0258-2422
  • E-ISSN: 2415-0509



Thomas Mtobi Mapikela played an important political role in South Africa: at local level in Mangaung (the black township at Bloemfontein), at provincial level in the Orange Free State and also at national level. After the Anglo Boer War (1899-1902) Mapikela found himself as executive member of the Orange River Colony (ORC) Native Vigilance Association, right in the middle of the struggle by black leaders for political rights and the unification process of the British South African Colonies. As founding member of the ORC Native Vigilance Association and the black newspaper, he was actively engaged in efforts to promote the political upliftment of the black people - initially in the ORC and country-wide after unification in 1910.

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