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Richard Victor Selope Thema

Richard Victor Selope Thema (1886 - 1955) was a South African political activist and leader. He was a member of the South African Native National Congress deputation sent to Britain and Versailles in 1919 to intercede on behalf of black South Africans, many of whom had fought for Britain in the First World War. The deputation also included L.T. Mvabaza, Rev. Henry Ngcayiya, Solomon Plaatje and J.T. Gumede. The deputation met with Lloyd George in November 1919 to put forward their request for the British government’s intervention on issues concerning ‘native’ taxation, education, land ownership rights and franchise rights, but with no success. Schreiner’s letters mention invitations to him in connection with the delegations to Britain.

For further information see:
Andre Odendaal (1984) Vukani Bantu! The Beginnings of Black Protest Politics in South Africa to 1912 Cape Town: David Philip 
A.P. Walshe (1969) “The Origins of African Political Consciousness in South Africa” Journal of Modern African Studies 7, 4, 583 - 610
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