Tag Archives: 1956 Treason Trial

Joe Slovo: 23 May 1926 – 6 January 1995

Yesterday marked the 25th anniversary of the death of Joe Slovo. With a number of buildings, streets, and even suburbs named in his honour, most South Africans are familiar with the name, but how many of us really know the story of Joe Slovo, one of our country’s greatest political activists? Despite spending his entire […]

Funding the Fight Against Apartheid

We’ve written previously about the important role that the international community played in the fight against apartheid, ultimately bringing about the economic boycott that brought the apartheid government to its knees. But in addition to raising awareness, some organisations went a step further by raising funds to fight the South African apartheid government. With countless […]

Apartheid Legislation

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) are currently in the process of challenging the constitutionality of the Riotous Assemblies Act, No 17 of 1956 and the Trespass Act, No. 6 of 1959, both pieces of legislation that were passed under the previous political regime, and as such deemed by many to be ‘apartheid laws’. The EFF may […]

Dawood Seedat: 1916-1976

The name Dawood Seedat might not be familiar to that many people, but that only serves to prove the number of unsung heroes that we have in South Africa, and how so much more needs to be done to publicise the work of the countless individuals who made it possible for us to live the […]

Slumboy from the Golden City

Paul Joseph and his comrades released from prison following the 1960 Sharpeville massacre

If you happen to find yourself in Johannesburg this weekend, then try and find the time to make your way down to the Apartheid Museum. While this world class museum is worth a visit in itself, tomorrow they will be hosting the book launch of Paul Joseph’s memoir, Slumboy from the Golden City. As a […]

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 […]