The ANC is a national liberation movement. It was formed in 1912 to unite the African people and spearhead the struggle for fundamental political, social and economic change.
The ANC's key objective is the creation of a united, non-racial, non-sexist and democratic society.
This means the liberation of Africans in particular and black people in general from political and economic bondage. It means uplifting the quality of life of all South Africans, especially the poor.
The ANC is in an alliance with the South African Communist Party (SACP) and the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU). Each Alliance partner is an independent organisation with its own constitution, membership and programmes. The Alliance is founded on a common commitment to the objectives of the National Democratic Revolution, and the need to unite the largest possible cross-section of South Africans behind these objectives.
16 June 1968
WE ARE AT WAR!
AFRICAN NATIONAL CONGRESS
We are at war. We march for Freedom as soldiers, with guns in our hands.
Over 300 years ago the white man invaded our land. Our ancestors fought back bravely but the enemy had guns and we did not.
The white oppressors stole our land and live off the fruits of our labour. They have the riches. We have the back-breaking toil and poverty.
The oppressors have their families, their children and their palatial homes. Apartheid has destroyed and divided our families. Our children die of starvation. Our homes are hovels. We live in misery.
In the land of our birth we have no rights. Under the Pass Laws we are hunted and hounded like animals. No one is safe from white brutality.
The African National Congress has led the people in the struggle for our Freedom and our rights. For over 50 years it has been the sword and shield of our people.
The government fears us! Our organisations were outlawed, our leaders banned, restricted, jailed for life, murdered. But the ANC survives and grows underground!
We have always resisted oppression with strikes, pass-burning, stay-at-homes. The government answered with police batons and bullets.
Today we are at war. Our soldiers are meeting the white oppressors bullet for bullet, in the only language they understand. This is a war to win back our country for all our people, to liberate Southern Africa and ensure peace for Africa.
Prepare to support our fighting men. Make their path easy. Make the enemy`s path hard.
Be ready to join in the fight, to make sacrifices. If you do not fight like a man you will live and die a slave.
Our soldiers are skillful. They take the enemy by surprise. Their deeds are brave like the warriors of Shaka, Makana, Sekhukhuni, Moshoeshoe, Cetshwayo. We shall win.
Our enemy is isolated. He will be defeated by our power. People throughout the world support our just struggle.
Our demands are stated in the Freedom Charter. We fight for freedom _ the right of Africans to rule Africa.
We fight to control all the land of South Africa. We fight to control the wealth of our country. We fight to control our own destiny. Hence our slogan: POWER TO THE PEOPLE!
Mobilise and prepare! Mayihlome! Let your courage rise with your anger! Freedom not serfdom! Maatla ke a rona! Afrika mayibuye! Amandla ngawethu! POWER TO THE PEOPLE!