ZAPU and the liberation struggle in Zimbabwe, 1957-1980

 

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dc.contributor.advisor Saunders, Christopher en_ZA
dc.contributor.author Chimhanda, Christopher Chiedza en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned 2014-12-27T14:11:57Z
dc.date.available 2014-12-27T14:11:57Z
dc.date.issued 2003 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Chimhanda, C. 2003. ZAPU and the liberation struggle in Zimbabwe, 1957-1980. University of Cape Town. en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/10235
dc.description Bibliography: leaves 185-195. en_ZA
dc.description.abstract The Unity Accord signed by PF (ZAPU) and ZANU (PF) in 1987 saw the emergence of a 'new' party called ZANU PF. ZAPU was 'swallowed' up by a party which was formed by people who broke away from ZAPU in 1963. ZAPU's failure to win a majority in the first democratic elections and its subsequent 'disappearance' in 1987 have an impact on the manner in which ZAPU's participation in the liberation struggle is presented by some people. This study traces ZAPU's contribution to the struggle for independence in Zimbabwe by taking a look at the history of the party from the time it was formed in 1961 until the attainment of independence in 1980. Official documents from ZAPU are not easy to come by. Post-independence tension and fighting between cadres from ZAPU and ZANU resulted in the confiscation, by the government, of ZAPU war records and other documents in 1982. These documents have not yet been returned and most likely will not be returned since the party does not exist anymore. Interviews with founding members of ZAPU and some ordinary cadres who participated in the struggle shed a light on the nature of ZAPU's participation in the struggle for independence. Significant figures in ZAPU like James Chikerema, the man who was in charge of ZAPU's first armed cadres, Dumiso Dabengwa, a member of ZAPU's first armed group and subsequently ZIPRA's chief of intelligence, and Welshman Mabhena, a founding member of ZAPU who remained within the country during the struggle, are among the active members of ZAPU who were interviewed for this study. Professor Ngwabi Bhebe, Professor Phenias Makurane, and Mr. Pathisa Nyathi bring in perspectives of people who had direct dealing,s with the party without being directly involved as cadres. en_ZA
dc.language.iso eng en_ZA
dc.subject.other History en_ZA
dc.title ZAPU and the liberation struggle in Zimbabwe, 1957-1980 en_ZA
dc.type Thesis / Dissertation en_ZA
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Thesis en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Humanities en_ZA
dc.publisher.department Department of Historical Studies en_ZA
dc.type.qualificationlevel Masters en_ZA
dc.type.qualificationname MA en_ZA
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