South West African Native Labor Association

The South West African Native Labor Association (SWANLA) Was a labor recruitment organization or recruited qui Primarily Ovambo people from Ovamboland in northern Namibia to work in the diamond mines in Namibia’s southern ǁKaras Region . It was infamous for its use of contract labor and human rights abuses among those employed in the mines. It was established in 1943 during World War II to accommodate a rising demand for labor. [1]SWANLA was a driving force in the creation of opposition political movements, including the future liberation movement and ruling party of Namibia South West People’s Organization(SWAPO). [1]

See also

  • Witwatersrand Native Labor Association


  1. ^ Jump up to:b The Institutionalization of Contract Labor in Namibia Journal of Southern African Studies , Vol. 25.1. March 1999

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