80s youth leader says Madikizela-Mandela made them believe victory was certain

Cape Youth Congress (Cayco) leader, who played a significant role on anti-apartheid struggle in the 1980s, Logan Wort reflects on his times with the late Winnie Madikizela Mandela, who died on Monday aged 81.

Wort has a long history of struggle and was himself detained five times. He also served as the deputy director general at National Treasury and group executive at Sars. he is currently CEO of African Tax Administration Forum.

Wort describes the particular political conditions that prevailed in the Western Cape during the 1980s. It did not have a recent history of ANC organisation and had numerous political groups operating there.

It had a PAC presence around Langa primarily, and the unity movement presence.

Logon Wort, former 80s youth leader

He says the impact Winnie Mandela had on the province, both with the launch of the United Democratic Front (UDF0 and the Release Mandela Campaign, and her visits to Nelson Mandela was enormous.

Her role and relevance for us was just her belief that victory was certain.

Logon Wort, former 80s youth leader

The sense of fearlessness she instilled in us was incredibly important.

Logon Wort, former 80s youth leader

Listen to the impact the struggle icon had on the young activists in the 80s:


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