Operation
Mayibuye

Operation Mayibuye was based on the strategies of the Cuban Revolution. The idea was to send small groups of guerrilla soldiers into different communities and to win their hearts and minds through a series of well-executed strikes against the government. Over time they would recruit others. This strategy did not yet have the formal approval of the MK High Command. “The scheme envisaged an initial stage of dispersed rural operations that would be supported by externally derived supplies. The scheme’s prospects would depend on the collaboration of foreign governments capable of transporting guerrillas into South Africa by air and by sea.” (Hermann Giliomee and Bernard Mbenga, New History of South Africa, 2007)

Operation Mayibuye was based on the strategies of the Cuban Revolution. The idea was to send small groups of guerrilla soldiers into different communities and to win their hearts and minds through a series of well-executed strikes against the government. Over time they would recruit others. This strategy did not yet have the formal approval of the MK High Command. “The scheme envisaged an initial stage of dispersed rural operations that would be supported by externally derived supplies. The scheme’s prospects would depend on the collaboration of foreign governments capable of transporting guerrillas into South Africa by air and by sea.” (Hermann Giliomee and Bernard Mbenga, New History of South Africa, 2007)