Historic Documents: The internationally 'Hushed Up'
Revolutionary Marxist Leader of South Africa - The Other Side of the
Apartheid Truth. See: First German Edition: Franz J. T. Lee,
Suedafrika vor der Revolution?, S. Fischer Verlag, Frankfurt am Main,
See Second German Edition: Franz J. T. Lee, Suedafrika am Vorabend der
Revolution? ISP-Verlag, Frankfurt am Main, 1976.
English translation by Wilfried F. Feuser, see:
Isaac Bangani Isaac
Bangani Tabata (1909-90)
Isaac Bangani Tabata, political activist and author, was born near
Queenstown in the Cape and educated at Lovedale and Fort Hare. In 1931
he left university and moved to Cape Town, where he worked as a truck
driver, joined the Lorry Drivers' Union and became a member of its
executive. He also joined the Cape African Voters' Association. In 1933
he began attending meetings of the Trotskyist-oriented Lenin Club and
subsequently helped found the Workers' Party of South Africa, an
offshoot of the Lenin Club. In the early 1940s he was one of a group of
radicals who took over the leadership of the All African Convention
(AAC), arguing for a boycott of all racial structures proposed by the
government, and he helped to found the Non-European Unity Movement. As
an organiser for the AAC he made yearly trips to the Transkei in the
late 1940s and early 1950s. He was banned in 1956. In 1961 he
established and became president of the African People's Democratic
Union of Southern Africa. Tabata was married to Jane Gool, also a
political activist. They left South Africa in 1963 and lived in
Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Tabata's writings include The
Rehabilitation Scheme: 'A New Fraud' (1946), The All-African
Convention: the Awakening of a People (1950), Boycott as a Weapon of
Struggle (1952), and Education for Barbarism.
Allison Drew, ed., South Africa's Radical
Tradition: A Documentary History, vol. 1, Cape Town: University of
Cape Town, Buchu and Mayibuye, 1996.