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Senior ANC Figure to Speak in Cork

2 May, 2006


Robert Mc Bride, a senior member of the African National Congress in South Africa, is to speak at a public meeting in Corks Metroplole Hotel at 8 pm today, Tuesday 2nd May.  The meeting is organised by Sinn Féin. He will be received by the Lord Mayor, Deirdre Clune in the City Hall at 4.40

 

Robert McBride is in Ireland to speak on his experiences as a revolutionary, and of how the African National Congress has tried to undo the damages of the apartheid regime and build a new South Africa. He will give the Bobby Sands Memorial Lecture in Belfast this Friday May 5th.

 

Robert McBride developed an early political consciousness and was active in student and trade union politics before joining Umkhonto we Sweize (MK), the armed wing of the ANC.   He became known for his fearlessness and commitment but was eventually captured and spent a number of years on death row. 

 

He was appointed Deputy Director of the Department of Foreign Affairs in the new ANC government and was appointment to the post of Chief of Police in Johannesburg's East Rand district in October 2003.

 

 

While in Ireland he will also trace his Irish roots.  Robert McBride is a descendant of John McBride, one of the executed leaders of 1916.

 

 

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