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Both in regard to the 1958 strike, the women's anti pass demonstrations and especially the potato boycott we encountered strenuous opposition from a substantial section of our membership who urged us to fight to the bitter end and to ask the people never to eat potatoes again. We dismissed such extreme demands as unrealistic and dangerous and called off the boycott when we felt it had achieved its object.
The 50s was a decade of strife and turmoil when the ANC and its sister Congresses were constantly on the attack, engaging the enemy on many fronts and forcing it to defend apartheid at a heavy cost. To mount so many mass campaigns in ons decade and in the face of ferocious enemy counter measures is a feat no other organisation outside the Congress movement has ever attempted.
One of these campaigns collapsed, others were a moderate success and still others were peerless. But whatever the ultimate fate of each particular campaign was the overall pressures were building up to a climax and the ANC emerged to a commanding position as the spearhead of the anti apartheid struggle and ready to lead the freedom forces into the centre of battle.
(N.B. Absolutely essential check all the facts on both incidents that follow)
Two incidents that also occurred during 1958 need some mention. Although involving only two individuals, the status of the men and the circumstances surrounding the happenings served to highlight the utter contempt that the whites have for the African people.