Shosholoza

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Our Leadership

Dr Russon comes from an activist background. His father; Joseph (AKA) Jabavu was a member of the Coloured People’s Congress and an activist in Congress Alliance. He was a delegate at the Congress of the People in Kliptown in 1955 that adopted the Freedom Charter. Following increased state repression and arrests of the leadership after the Congress of the People, Jabavu was forced to leave the country together with leaders such as Reggie September; Moses Mabhida etc. He settled in Swaziland where Dr Russon was born and grew up. Having observed secret meetings of activists at his home during his younger years Dr Russon grew up understanding the challenges of the struggle and got involved with the liberation at the tender age of 18. He soon got enlisted into Umkhonto we Sizwe by Mzala Nxumalo and subsequently joined the Special Operations Unit where he reported directly to Barney Molokoane and Joe Slovo. Dr Russon was part of the SASOL 2 operation where Barney lost his life.  

In 1985 Dr Russon travelled to Moscow where he addressed a special sitting of the Central Committee of the USSR Communist Party. Whilst in Moscow he had the opportunity to listen to Mikhail Gorbachev deliver his speech on Glasnost and Perestroika at Moscow stadium. This affected his views and on his return from Moscow he spent time in Lusaka where he had discussions with Chris Hani on the effect of the Gorbachev’s reforms on the SACP in particular and the liberation movement in general. At the time Dr Russon felt that there may be a need to effect some reforms within the SACP to be in line with the new developments. Chris disagreed. However; on their return from exile in 1992 Chris asked Dr Russon; who was at the time teaching at Wits University; to write a paper on the discussions they held in Lusaka. Dr Russon wrote the paper wherein he suggested that the SACP should remain as a vanguard for the revolution but that a socialist democratic movement be formed to advance the struggle of social democracy beyond the national democratic revolution led by the ANC. The paper was delivered to Chris’s office at Kgotso House on Thursday afternoon and unfortunately Chris was assassinated on the Sunday without giving feedback on the discussion. It is within this context that Shosholoza Progressive Party has been formed.

Dr Russon has been involved in other struggles. In Swaziland he was key to the formation of the People’s United Democratic Movement which provided extensive support to the ANC especially Umkhonto we Sizwe after the Nkomati Accord between apartheid Pretoria and Maputo. Dr Russon was on the wanted list of the BOSS and once came face to face with Eugene De Kock in the south of Swaziland (Nhlangano) after he had infiltrated some guerrilla fighters who were unfortunately intercepted and arrested around Piet Retief. In 1987 he escaped an assassination attempt when a vehicle carrying his friends (Theophilus Dlodlo; Tutu Nkwanyana and Mildred Msomi) arrived at his apartment in Mbabane to fetch him for some party. Not knowing that he had just flown out to Australia two days prior, the vehicle was ambushed as soon as it left his apartment and occupants killed. In Australia he got involved in the struggle of the Aboriginal people against white supremacy and he was one of the organisers in the south western areas of Sydney i.e.  Redfern, Glebe, right up to Parramatta for the campaign against the 1988 bi-centennial celebrations with the slogan “White Australia has a Black history”. On January 26,1988 he was part of the biggest march led by among others Gary Foley and Tiga Bayles through the city of Sydney to Hyde Park where over 50000 people gathered to denounce the celebrations.

Dr Russon holds a PhD from the University of Witwatersrand; a Masters degree in Sociology from the University of New South Wales and a combined Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration and Sociology from the University of Swaziland. 

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Born in December 1972 and finished his education at Sijabulile High School in Katlehong, Thando runs and manages his own business . He is passionate about politics and wishes to see South Africa grow into a respectable democracy that represents the interests of all the people.

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