- 1981 - 2012 (Creation)
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31 boxes, 43 photographs
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British activist living in South Africa since the 1980s, he initially worked for the Marxist Workers Tendency of the ANC in London and later in South Africa. From the 1990s onwards he then became instrumental and held various position in the Centre for Applied Legal Studies (CALS), the AIDS Law Project (ALP), the Treatment Action Campaign and Section 27.
He also completed a Masters degree in African literature at Wits and lectured and wrote on the influences of Shakespeare on African writing and politics in South Africa.
Mark Heywood has written extensively on HIV, human rights and the law, including co-editing the AIDS and the Law Resource Manual and Health & Democracy: A guide to human rights, health law and policy in post-Apartheid South Africa. He has been part of the legal teams of the AIDS Law Project and the Treatment Action Campaign that have been involved in all the major litigation around HIV and human rights in South Africa.
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The "Marxist Workers Tendency (MWT) of the ANC", was founded in 1979 by Mark Heywood, Paula Ensor, Dave Hemson and Martin Legassick. The MWT was a result of a conflict with the South African Congress of Trade Unions (SACTU) and the then exiled African National Congress (ANC), trying to persuade them to commit to policies towards a socialist revolution in South Africa.
During that time Mark Heywood was instrumental in setting up the Philemon Mauku Defence Campaign and the Leeukop Political Prisoners Support Committee.
The documents submitted in 2016 relate mainly to his post-1994 activism as part of organisations such as the Centre for Applied Legal Studies (CALS); the AIDS Law Project (ALP), which evolved from CALS and which was later incorporated into 'Section 27', where Mark Heywood served as Executive Director at the time of the additional submissions; and the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC). The documents also include some personal papers.
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The first part of the collection (A-C) deals mainly with the "Marxist Workers Tendency (MWT) of the ANC". In 2016 Mark Heywood deposited additional material, see sections A + C-F.
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Alternate title: Heywood, Mark