238pp., illus., hardback, d.w., Van Riebeeck Society Second Series No. 47, Cape Town, 2016
Richard Victor Selope Thema (1886-1955) was a leading member of the ANC from 1912, and served on its National Executive. He was also a founding member of the All-Africa Convention, an elected member of the Natives Representative Council (1937-1950), and founding editor of the Bantu World (1932-1952), still published today as the Sowetan.
Alan Cobley is Professor of South African and Comparative History at the University of the West Indies, where he also serves as Pro-Vice Chancellor of Undergraduate Studies. His books include Class and Consciousness: The Black petty bourgeoisie in South Africa, 1924-1950 and The Rules of the Game: Struggles in recreation and social welfare policy in South Africa.