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Amandla is a Zulu and Xhosa word meaning "power". The word was a popular rallying cry in the days of resistance against Apartheid, used by the African National Congress and its allies. The leader of a group would call out "Amandla!" and the crowd would respond with "Awethu"<ref>Speech by Gauteng MEC for Community Safety Firoz Cachalia, 30 March 2007</ref> or "Ngawethu!"<ref>Statement by the President of the ANC, Thabo Mbeki, at the unveiling of the Thokoza Monument, 16 October 1999, Thokoza</ref> (to us), completing the South African version of the rallying cry Power to the People!.<ref>Minister Essop Pahad: Address on the occasion of The Presidency Budget Vote National Assembly, 12 June 2007</ref> The word is still associated with struggles against oppression.

Mandla, which is derived from "amandla", is also a common first name in South Africa. The Alternative Information and Development Centre (AIDC) publishes a magazine by the same name.


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