March 29, 1982

Afro Voice (Northern Cape) - - COMMENT - sahis­tory.org.za

JOUR­NAL­IST, farm man­ager, clerk, in­ter­preter and po­lit­i­cal ac­tivist, Henry Selby Msi­mang, died on this day in Eden­dale, Pi­eter­mar­itzburg.

Msi­mang was a found­ing mem­ber of the South African Na­tive Na­tional Congress, re­named the ANC in 1923.

He was a staunch labour or­gan­iser, who teamed up with Cle­ments Kadalie to form the na­tional In­dus­trial Com­mer­cial Union. Due to dif­fer­ences be­tween the two, Msi­mang re­signed as pres­i­dent of the union, but re­joined af­ter Kadalie’s res­ig­na­tion in 1929.

Msi­mang was ed­i­tor of the news­pa­per Mo­ru­mioa­Inxusa (Mes­sen­ger) and au­thor of nu­mer­ous ar­ti­cles. He was a founder mem­ber of the Lib­eral Party of South Africa, a mul­tira­cial party formed in 1953. –

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