South African Congress of Democrats

Scope and Content

Changing Africa, statement adopted at the 7th annual conference of the South African Congress of Democrats held in April 1961 [four pages]. Also includes Think it over, statement by Piet Beyleveld, chairman S.A. Congress Democrats [leaflet, 2 sides]. File also includes "The Story of the Communist Party", leaflet of the South African Communist Party (c1961).

Administrative / Biographical History

The South African Congress of Democrats was a radical, left, white, anti-apartheid body, which was set up in South Africa in late 1953 as part of the multi-racial Congress Alliance. The aim of the Congress was to campaign amongst whites against apartheid. The COD identified closely with the African National Congress and campaigned for racial equality and universal suffrage.
Though not a large group, the Congress was a key part of the Congress Alliance. The Congress participated in every Congress Alliance campaign until it was banned by the South African government in September 1962.

Access Information

Open for research although at least a working day's notice must be given.


The collection is held at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies - Senate House London

Archivist's Note

Uploaded by Clara Cuccu (12.02.2022).

Related Material

The Library also holds South African pressure group pamphlets (reference PG. SA).

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