08 May 2006

ANC veteran addresses West


by Evan Short

Veteran ANC member, Robert McBride, made a special trip to Belfast this weekend to give the annual Bobby Sands lecture on Friday Night.

Hundreds gathered in the Devenish to hear the former member of the ANC military wing, Umkhonto we Sizwe, draw parallels between the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa and the fight for Irish freedom.

Now the Chief of Police in Johannesburg, McBride talked of his ancestor John McBride who took part in the 1916 Rising and was present in the GPO.

He also remarked that what the hunger strikers died for was an extension of the cause of the men and women of 1916.

Born in Durban in 1963, Robert McBride became famous in South Africa during apartheid as being a leading member of Umkhonto we Sizwe and spent time on Death Row, before the fall of the regime.

He took part in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission before becoming Police Chief for Johannesburg's East Rand district.

Emphasising the significance of the hunger strikers’ cause he commented on how it inspired movements around the world such as the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa and how they had helped develop the groundwork for a strong political movement from which Irish republicans were now benefiting.

The speech was warmly received by those who attended with Robert McBride leaving to a standing ovation.

Journalist:: Evan Short

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