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Men of Dynamite: Pen Portraits of MK Pioneers

08 November 2011

African Knowledge Production Series

  • The seminar will take the form of a panel discussion, with a facilitator asking questions to which each of the panel will respond briefly and spontaneously.
  • The panellists will also be encouraged to respond to each others’ inputs.
  • This format will allow for a dynamic and interactive exploration of the issues, rather than a series of speeches.
  • The panellists are requested to respond to the facilitator from their own experience, rather than from a general organisational and historical knowledge.

The panel of military veterans will be asked to Reflect on some or all of the following, based on their personal experiences:


  • Personal decision to join Umkhonto we Sizwe and adopt armed struggle
  • Your experience of the establishment of MK and the training of the first MK units
  • The level of preparation of MK
  • Your reflections on the sabotage campaign of 1961-1963 and its successes and failures
  • The ‘Operation Mayibuye’ plan and the consequences thereof
  • The Post Rivonia period and the difficulties faced by MK in re-establishing its structures
  • Your experience of MK in exile, in Angola and elsewhere
  • Lessons from your experiences for the youth of today
  • What qualities do you feel were necessary in order to provide leadership in the struggle in past decades?
  • What sacrifices did you make?
  • If you could go back in time, would you make the same choices?
  • What message do you have for young people today?