Paul Mosaka establishes the African Democratic Party


Paul Mosaka

Sunday, 26 September 1943

Paul Ramotsoane Mosaka, an influential businessman, in conjunction with Senator Hyman Basner established the African Democratic Party (ADP). The organisation had the same goals as the African National Congress ( ANC), but was more committed to determined organisation of mass-support and co-operation with progressive Whites. Mosaka's intention was that the ADP should become an ANC affiliate, but was finally forced out of the ANC by A B Xuma.

Mosaka died in Manzini, Swaziland on 25 April, 1963.

• Verwey, E.J. (ed)(1995). New Dictionary of South African Biography, v.1, Pretoria: HSRC.
• South African History Online, ‘Paul Ramotsoane Mosaka (born c. 1911), politician and founder of the African Democratic Party (ADP) and also an influential and’, [online], available at (Accessed: 20 September 2013) 

Last updated : 25-Sep-2013

This article was produced for South African History Online on 16-Mar-2011