Black workers in Gwelo

ZIMSEC O Level History Notes: The Struggle for Independence in Colonial Zimbabwe 1900-1980:  Welfare Associations

  • Africans also protested through welfare associations
  • The welfare associations were set up to help those in need
  • They looked non-political on the surface but deep down they had political roots
  • An example is the Gwelo Native Welfare Association which was led by C Gwebu and Afred Maliwa Zigode
  • The welfare association dwelt on issues affecting residents of Gwelo and the Midlands towns
  • They organized protests against discriminatory racial policies such as passes, unfair land distribution laws and low wages
  • The associations also worked with groups fighting for African land rights such as the Anti-Slavery and Aborigines Protection Society

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