As an activist in the Black Consciousness Movement and close associate of Steve Biko, THENJIWE was expelled from the university for political activities. She then was subjected to several detentions and banning orders during the 70s while working as a political organizer and as a journalist for the Daily Dispatch.
After being severely tortured by the South African police, THENJIWE went into political exile in 1978. During her exile, she held numerous leadership positions in the political and military structures of the African National Congress, including Chief Botswana. THENJIWE's battles on behalf of her troops -- protecting their human rights, correcting administrative flaws in the MK's command structures, and guiding them through the painful political negotiations to end apartheid -- won her the undying loyalty of hardened soldiers.
In 1992, THENJIWE returned to South Africa to participate in the negotiation process under CODESA, and sat on the Transitional Executive Council. In 1994 she was elected to Parliament, and in 1997 was appointed Chairperson on the Commission on Gender Equality. In April 1998, she accepted the position of ANC's Deputy Secretary General, where recent duties have focused on reforming South Africa's defense forces.
A South African Community Party Central Committee member and one of the country's foremost gender activists, THENJIWE MTINTSO has defied the odds to become the only woman in the ANC's uppermost structure.
DATES: July 8 through 12
PROJECT ROW HOUSES: 2500 Holman Avenue
For more information, call 713/526-5067.
TIME: 7:00 p.m., Friday, July 9, 1999
M.E.C.A.: 1900 Kane Street, near Silver
(former Dow Elementary School Building)
- LECTURE entitled "The Struggle Continues" presented by THENJIWE MTINTSO. Houston Room, University Center, University of Houston (main campus, entrance #1 off Calhoun). Hosted by the IRISH UNITY COMMITTEE, NATIONAL LAWYERS GUILD, NAACP - UH CHAPTER, and UH's WOMEN'S STUDIES PROGRAM.
RECEPTION: 5:00 p.m., UH Hilton Hotel
LECTURE: 7:00 p.m., Univerity Center, Houston Room.
If your organization would like to share a table for literature on women's issues or on Freedmen's Town, contact: Amazon Xociety at 713/731-0251, or e-mail Bernadine Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org.