Rhodesian White People's Party

The Rhodesian White People's Party (RWPP) was a Rhodesian neo-Nazi political party led by James Kenneth "Ken" Rodger. The movement was founded in Bulawayo on 30 January 1976,[2] it mainly inspired the American Nazi Party and later with it the National Socialist White People's Party.[3] It was outlawed in November 1976 by the government of Ian Smith for anti-Semitic incidents by US citizens who were members of the party against the Bulawayo Hebrew Congregation. Among the expelled citizens were the neo-Nazis Eric Thompson and Harold Covington.[4] The Rhodesian government said: "We have problems enough without this nutcase".[5][6] This political party was the only one of the World Union of National Socialists that was active in Africa.[7] His main activity was distributing Nazi literature and harassing Jews in the area.[5]

Rhodesian White People's Party
PresidentKen Rodger
Founded30 January 1976
BannedNovember 1976
Split fromRhodesian Front
Succeeded byRhodesian Action Party
White nationalism
White supremacism
International affiliationWorld Union of National Socialists
Kenneth Rodger in 1970

The political party was founded at a meeting in Bulawayo, 30 January 1976, by 30 former members of the Rhodesian Front. Among its founders were the British Kenneth Rodger[8] and Eric Thompson (aka Eric Campbell), the French Jean-Pierre Marechaux, and the American Harold Covington.[5][9] It was founded with the aim of opposing communism.[2]

The party was opposed to the government of Ian Smith for his allegedly Zionist policies and supposed defeatism in the Rhodesian Bush War, and he was considered by the party to be the country's greatest enemy, instead of the ZANU guerrillas who were fighting against the government in Rhodesia.[3]


  1. ^ "***". Jewish Telegraphic Agency. London: Jewish Telegraphic Agency. 4 February 1976. p. 3. Retrieved 25 June 2022.
  2. ^ a b Service, British Broadcasting Corporation Monitoring (1976). Summary of World Broadcasts: Non-Arab Africa.
  3. ^ a b CEDADE (1976). CEDADE Nº 73 (in Spanish). p. 8.
  4. ^ McCalden, David (April 1988). "Trial by jewry". Liberty Bell: 5. ISSN 0145-7667.
  5. ^ a b c Kaplan, Jeffrey (2000). Encyclopedia of White Power: A Sourcebook on the Radical Racist Right. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 83. ISBN 978-0-7425-0340-3.
  6. ^ Wheaton, Elizabeth (1 April 2009). Codename Greenkil: The 1979 Greensboro Killings. University of Georgia Press. p. 46. ISBN 978-0-8203-3148-5.
  7. ^ Cadena, Ernesto (1978). La ofensiva neo-fascista. ISBN 978-84-7002-245-6.
  8. ^ Burns, John F. (25 March 1978). "Rhodesian Rightists Denounce Smith as a Traitor for Pact With Blacks". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 14 July 2022.
  9. ^ Chairoff, Patrice (1977). Dossier néo-nazisme (in French). Ramsay. ISBN 978-2-85956-030-0.