Today in history: Josiah Gumede succeeded by Pixley ka Isaka Seme

By Drum Digital
29 April 2015

In January 1912, Pixley Seme, Alfred Mangena, Richard Msimang and George Montsio called for a convention of Africans to form the South African Native National Congress (SANNC).

Date: 30 April, 1930

This organisation was renamed the African National Congress (ANC) in 1923, in Bloemfontein.

One hundred delegates attended its inaugural meeting, where Seme was the keynote speaker, and Josiah Gumede one of the founding members. At Seme's suggestion, the new organization was patterned after the United States Congress. Reverend John Langalibalele Dube was elected as its first president (in absentia), and Seme became the Treasurer-General.

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