In honour of John Langalibalele Dube – founding president of the ANC

In honour of John Langalibalele Dube – founding president of the ANC

Briefly.co.za salutes the founding president of the African National Congress (ANC), John Langalibalele Dube, in the week that he was born.

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Minister Nathi Mthethwa shared a tweet in honour of the ANC’s founding President, John Langalibalele Dube recently.

The Arts and Culture Minister shared the news on Thursday evening as Dube was born on the 22nd February 1871.

Mthethwa also revealed that Dube was the first African to earn an honorary doctorate by the University of South Africa.

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Through his friendship with a missionary, Dube ended up travelling to and living in the United States of America (USA) for a number of years.

He studied college courses while working as a janitor and these skills helped him to publish his own book named, A Familiar Talk Upon My Native Land and Some Things Found There.

Dube also founded a school and built 2 churches in Natal.

Briefly.co.za understands that Dube setup the first native Zulu newspaper called Ilanga Lase Natal in 1903.

Along with a group of other members of the educated black elite, he founded the South African Native National Congress on January 8, 1912 (renamed the African National Congress in 1923).

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Briefly.co.za surveyed the reaction to Minister Mthethwa’s tweet and numerous tweeps felt that Dube would be deeply disappointed in what the ANC has become.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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