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It forced the authorities to delay the transfer until April Not all have stood the test of time. The rift soon became a chasm and people who before had been friends now became enemies; meetings were disrupted, once leading to the shameful situation where the police were summoned to eject SOYANS from a meeting called by the Local Co-ordinating Unity Committee at the Banqueting Hall in Cape Town for fear that there might be physical violence.

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There appeared to be none of their stature able to take their place. To keep the Coloureds in the White kitchen they were reminded that they had white blood that flowed in their veins. The New Era Fellowship was the organisation where we began to learn our politics – learnt the nature of Capitalist Imperialism; how the media misrepresented the socialist world by labelling it as Russian Imperialism; why the ruling class — henceforth called the Herrenvolk — used Apartheid as a form of social control; why it was that sometimes it was possible to succeed when one challenged the government through the legal system, showing how the rule of law operated in South Africa.

Prior to the banning of Ben Kies in Jaffe had kept his views on the three pillar federal structure of the movement relatively low-key.

The critique below, ipso facto, refers only to the written version. The movement did what none of the other organisations thought important or even necessary, which was to explain the nature of their oppression to ordinary working people.


The Coloured Advisory Council, it was stated, was to be merely what its name implied namely to advise the government of the legitimate needs of the Coloured people. But the era of collaboration had passed.

The situation seemed apposite for a return of Jaffe to a — if not the — leading role in the movement.

Kies murmured occasionally but ineffectually, especially after his banning and expulsion from the teaching profession in The split with Tabata deepened. One could skip the bourgeois stage and go straight to socialism.

But Jaffe outdoes himself regarding the Muslims of Bosnia. What on the other hand has been researched is the fact that Turkish rule did not force Jafce to become Muslims. The ten-point programme encapsulated the minimum demands for participation in a democratic society. Teachers came to the homes of the poor and a spirit of camaraderie was fostered.

Oral history interview with Hosea Jaffe [Part 1 of 3]

On the 21st Marchthe massacre of Sharpeville occurred. From this base Jaffe attacked the federal structure of the movement and proposed a unitary structure, which was narrowly rejected in before he departed from the country.

Jaffe, to my knowledge, is the first to write from the point of view of a participant. From the time Jaffe expressed this in it became customary to speak of so-called Coloureds, so-called Africans, etc. Wessels led the group insisting that we meet the challenge head-on. What infuriated a voluble jzffe of those who regarded themselves as Trotskyists, was that the NEUM leadership never publicly articulated these views.

Probably for the first time it gave the continent of Africa an organisation with a clear political programme. But to support his pro-Serbian stand, Jaffe had no difficulty in jxffe the necessary corroboration.

In the December at a special meeting of the NEF convened to deal with this proposition, the membership gathered to debate whether the 3 Pillar structure should be scrapped. Goolam Gool and his sister Jane supported Tabata. In the last mentioned work Jaffe propounded one of his most controversial theories, namely that the European worker produced a negative surplus value.

The two foremost ideologues in the movement were locking horns. It fills gaps in our knowledge of one of the important movements in South Africa, and also it illustrates vividly the importance of collecting systematically the recollections and experiences of participants in struggles and making them available to future generations of workers and scholars.


All that needed to be done, therefore, was for those organisations to be politicised, accept the ten-point programme and become part of the movement.

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We were told that the NEF was too advanced for young Africans. In brief the pamphlet put forward a novel view of setting about the task of organising the masses. That radical statement was by none other than Mr Jaffe himself.

The NEF closed shop soon afterwards. What I endeavoured to do is to give an account as objectively as possible of the movement indicating its strengths, hopes, problems and failures. This had been achieved over jsffe generations by a policy of divide and rule through which the rulers had created almost unbridgeable schisms among the population groups.

The structure was considered to be invulnerable to the attacks of the state machine.

Even staunch Jaffeists found this hard to swallow, but no-one openly contested this notion. This principle of non-collaboration distinguished it from what had gone before: Ever since then it became politically correct to use the term in inverted hsoea. The inescapable stumbling block to unity lay in the divisions among the non-White communities.

What is baffling is that at jaffw time was the letter ever discussed in jacfe period when I was in the movement. Somehow Apartheid South Africa survived its worst crisis. There were seminars on philosophy, Imperialism and Culture to which he made significant contributions. The NEF ceased to meet; the Torch closed down; membership of the TLSA steeply declined probably because recruitment was suspended owing to fears of penetration by the security police.

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