H. Selby Msimang

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Henry Selby Msimang (13 June 1886 - 29 March 1982) was a South African political leader and activist.


After attending primary school at Edendale he qualified as a teacher at Healdtown in 1907. He became a court interpreter in 1908 and then worked as a postmaster in Krugersdorp. In 1913 became the secretary of the anti-Natives Land Act committee. He became court interpreter at Vrede in 1914 and promoted the employment of African clerks and dip inspectors in the Free State. He joined the African National Congress at its inception (Millard 1996:12).

In 1919 he helped to establish the Industrial and Commercial Workers' Union in Bloemfontein, and edited a newspaper called Messenger-Morumioa. He returned to Johannesburg in 1922, and to Pietermaritzburg in 1941, where he was secretary of the Natal ANC, and then joined the Liberal Party in 1953 (Millard 1996:13). He was a founding member of the Liberal Party and a member of the National Committee (Vigne 1993:21). He was a lay preacher in the Methodist Church. He died in 1982 aged 95.


Selby Msimang, H. H. Selby Msimang looks back. An address to the students of the University of Natal. Published as Topical talks number 25, by The South African Institute of Race Relations: Johannesburg. [Date of publication and copyright status unknown. Available at the Alan Paton Centre, University of KwaZulu-Natal, for study and research purposes.]

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