African National Council

Scope and Content

Includes: documents from negotiations between the Rhodesian Government and the ANC (Nkomo), December 1975 - March 1976; voting statistics, briefs, memoranda by the ANC (Zimbabwe) legal team; ANC (Zimbabwe) statements on the protection of minorities and franchise proposals; interim report by legal advisers on negotiations; ANC (Zimbabwe) constitutional proposals; recommendations by the ANC (Zimbabwe) legal advisers for settlement proposals, 1975; correspondence, press releases, statistics, notes and cuttings concerning the 1972 Pearce Commission on Rhodesian Opinion; papers relating to the Geneva Conference, November - December 1976 incorporating publicity material produced by the Rhodesian Government and memoranda, proposals and negotiating documents submitted by ANC (Zimbabwe), Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front and United African National Council delegations.


In 1971 the African National Council was formed in Rhodesia by supporters of the Zimbabwe African People's Union (ZAPU) and Zimbabwe African National Union (ZANU) under the chairmanship of Bishop Abel Muzorewa. The ANC co-ordinated opposition to the British settlement proposals, which were the subject of the visit of the Peace Commission to Rhodesia.

By 1975 there were two organisations in Rhodesia claiming to be the legitimate ANC: one which owed its loyalty to Nkomo (ANC (Zimbabwe)) and the other to Bishop Muzorewa (the United African National Council).

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