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James Sebe Moroka

Moroka, James S. President-general of the African National Congress from 1949 to 1952. A prestigious physician from a prominent landholding family in the Orange Free State, he had the status and boldness required for national leadership in the ANC but lacked the political astuteness to always guide the organization forcefully during his presidency. He was born in 1891 in Thaba. Nchu, a great-grandson of the Tswana chief Moroka who gave military protection to the Voortrekkers in the 1830s. After attending Lovedale, Moroka went to Scotland in 1911 and in 1918 graduated from the University of Edinburgh in medicine. The practice that he established at Thaba 'Nchu was lucrative, and Moroka—urbane and dignified-became a widely respected tiffure. even among local Afrikaners, many of whom were his patients.

First entering politics at the time of the Hertzog Bills, Moroka was immediately accorded a leadership role and accompanied the delegation of the All African Convention that confron...

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