31 March 2012

‘We are not here for an autopsy’ – APF leaders at launch of exhibition

Entitled the ‘Transition's Child', this Anti-Privatisation (APF) launch was based on a project by SAHA, undertaken by Dale McKinley and is on exhibition at Museum Africa  and will run for two months.

There is also an online archive developed by SAHA to ensure that the work is available indefinitely to all interested parties. It will also serve as an interactive tool between the APF cadres and affiliates in that they will be able to have an input on the content of the virtual exhibition.

It was an emotional event with many of the cadres reminiscing nostalgically the organisations success and calling for it to be resuscitated. The APF was in ‘operation' for ten years before it sort of dissolved due to problems arising within the movement. This would have been its twelfth year.

"The APF was a powerful movement and its influence can still be witnessed to this day. We cannot allow it to evaporate," said Phineas Malapela, an APF cadre.

Almost all cadres at the launch shared Phineas's sentiments saying what the organisation needs in order to forge another path forward, is a plan to iron out all the issues that led to the implosion of the movement.

"We can learn from that and avoid the same mistakes again," these were APF's Ahmed Veriava's words to the effect.

Other cadres were still presenting themselves as "APF Members" in order to help fight community struggles in their areas and they reiterated that the movement is still feared and ‘recognised'.

Visit the virtual exhibition.

View the APF collection.

Read about the APF project.