This group was formed in 1977 by Jeanne Daly to publicize the plight of, and collect money for, political prisoners in South Africa. In 1979 the group formally became a constituent of Community Aid Abroad, under the name "Community Aid Abroad (Southern Africa)" The core members of CAASA came together in 1983 to form the "African National Congress Support Group". The group proclaimed their support for the ANC in the liberation struggle in South Africa. In 1984, as a result of Eddie Funde's request, the group became "Anti-Apartheid, Melbourne". It grew rapidly in support and numbers until internal politics and outside pressures caused the group's dissolution in September 1985.