Tag Archives: Apartheid laws

On This Day…..

Students protest in Soweto against the introduction of Afrikaans in schools

The 16th of June 1976 is commemorated in South Africa as Youth Day, in remembrance of the countless children who lost their lives during the Soweto Youth Uprising. To read the list of the names of children killed during the 1976 student protests is beyond heartbreaking – unarmed students gunned down by police for trying to […]

The University of Fort Hare

Fort Hare staff members marching against the Bantu Education Act, 1958

The University of Fort Hare, possibly South Africa’s most famous educational institution, has had something of a checkered past. Opened in 1916 as the South African Native College by Christian missionaries, the school offered a European-style education for students from across sub-Saharan Africa. While the missionaries were part of colonial expansion, which came with its own set of prejudices, they did […]

The Freedom Charter & the 1956 Treason Trial

Protesters gather outside the Drill Hall on the opening day of the Treason Trial, 19th December 1956

The Congress of the People took place on the 26th June 1955, in Kliptown, just outside of Johannesburg. Attended by some 3000 people, the aim of the meeting was to discuss the content of the proposed Freedom Charter, with submissions for the document having been received from people all across the country. The Freedom Charter, some of the core tenets […]

The Gallows Exhumation Project

Exhumation of the 14 political prisoners hung in 1964, Rebecca Cemetery, Pretoria

Family members of fourteen political prisoners executed under the apartheid regime will finally have somewhere to visit their loved ones after their bodies were exhumed on Wednesday as part of the country’s Gallows Exhumation Project, led by the Missing Person’s Task Team. The men, who were hung in Pretoria in July 1964, were members of the armed wing of the Pan African […]