March 29, 1982
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. –