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Transcript of Rebel's Handbook
Create a clear plan of your main objectives
with people that have the same opinion as you. It is important that you make an outline of how to achieve what you are
aiming for with people that support you. Make sure that you are not misleading
your new-found colleagues because it may turn out that they do not agree
with your beliefs and views. For example: The formal launch of the Pan Africanist Congress of South Africa (later of "Anzania") occurred in November 1958. The PAC was created by former members of the ANC (African National Congress) who split apart from the group after a disagreement about "the rightful owners of South Africa."
The problem occurred when the ANC adopted the "Freedom Charter." The freedom charter of the ANC stated that South Africa "belongs to all who live in it, black and white."
However, this went against the beliefs of a number of people in the group. They felt that the African people were the rightful owners of South Africa and therefore, the struggle was one of national liberation. In fact, one of the rallying slogans of the PAC, if not the original one itself, was "Africa for the Africans."
This is an example of how different opinions can lead to your group being divided. Step Two: Find a charismatic leader This step is quite significant because without a charismatic leader,
no one will listen to what your group is trying to say. With a fresh face that
commands one to listen, it is much simpler to convey your message to the public. Something to Note: As a boy, Nelson Mandela grew up with his father, the chief of the village, regularly meeting with other
tribal chiefs and elders. As a result of this, he was exposed to leadership and a strong sense national pride
as well as African self-government at an early age, despite the white-governed South Africa he was born into. Step Three: Also... Nelson Mandela sacrificed many aspects of his life for the ANC because he was committed to changing South Africa. He spend 27 years in jail for terrorism of the white "Afrikaner" government. It is essential that the leader you choose is willing to sacrifice to achieve what the group needs.
Without this, a group cannot succeed. If their leader is not dedicated to the cause, then how can someone believe that the leader's followers are?
Publicize your cause This is a vital step! You must publicize your cause by catching the world's attention and direct it towards what you are trying to do. A way to do this would be to organize a demonstration large enough to be noticed.
- The ANC decided to host a peaceful demonstration against the passbook laws
set up by the Afrikaner government. This demonstration was country-wide, but on
March 21st 1960, the Sharpeville Massacre occurred.
-A group roughly between the size of 5,000 to 7,000 people converged at the local police station in the township of Sharpeville. They were offering themselves up for arrest for not carrying their passbooks.
-In the aftermath of the demonstration that turned ugly, 69 people were officially reported dead, including 8 women and 10 children with over 180 people injured. Claims have been made stating the number reported to the public was sizably reduced.
This is, of course, not something that was expected. However, the Sharpeville Massacre did, in fact, play an important role ending apartheid as it sparked the attention of countries all over the world.
This eventually led to sanctions that helped bring about the end of apartheid. A word of advice:
Sanctions are an effective way to bring about change in a country because outside pressure from businesses and governments is needed.
However, sanctions can also have a very negative impact on the lives of innocent people living within the country. This shows that if sanctions are placed upon a country, it should be done in a way that tries to minimalize the damage done to the guileless bystanders. Step Four: Keep your supporters motivated and make sure their priorities are stright!
It's imperative that they stay determined and encouraged. Your supporters should stay determined and focused on why they are supporting you. They need to be reminded
of what is at stake. It is best to have a hopeful scenario that you can fall back on to rally your team time and time again. This will be needed when they begin to feel like fighting for the cause is hopeless. For the native South Africans, the independance Namibia gained from South Africa in 1990 was a source of encouragement at times when it felt like they could do no more.
It is best to find confidence by looking at countries that are facing a similar situation as your own country. Step Five: Be willing to make a sacrifice in order to reach a comprimise.
Include your enemies in your solution. By excluding your enemies from the solution, you end up with the same situation, only the roles have been reversed!
Include your enemies by ensuring that they are not shunned and make a point to show that they are wanted and needed in the new regime. It would be well to follow in the footsteps of the ANC and Nelson Mandela.... Nelson Mandela became president after Frederik William de Klerk, and he made a point to hire an Afrikaner woman as his secretary. She is his right-hand woman, making sure that he stays on schedule, taking care of his appointments and other important tasks.
It is in this way that Nelson Mandela proves that when he said South Africa "belongs to all who live in it, black and white," he actually meant it. The end.