"Honoring two of South Africa's most important leaders: Albert John Luthuli (1898 - 21 July 1967) and Nelson Mandela (18 July 1918 - 5 December 2013)\r\n.. read moreImage source: SAHO composite "

This Day In History

St James Church massacre

Sunday, 25 July 1993
Azanian Peoples' Liberation Army (APLA - the armed wing of the Pan-Africanist Congress) operatives attack St. James Church in the Cape Town suburb of Kenilworth during the Sunday evening service. Approximately 1000 congregants were inside the church at the time. Using automatic weapons and two grenades, the APLA cadres killed eleven worshippers and injured 58. Four of the dead were Russian seamen attending the service as part of a church outreach programme. Another seaman lost both leg..
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Monday, 31 July 2017

The 13th edition of the Biennale de l’Art Africain...


South African History Online

African National Congress (ANC)

The African National Congress (ANC) is South Africa's governing party and has been in power since the transition to democracy in April 1994.

Rivonia Trial 1963 -1964

Often referred to as "the trial that changed South Africa" in October 1963, ten leading opponents of apartheid went on trial for their lives on charges of sabotage.

People involved in Rivonia Trial 1963-1964

On 11 July 1963, I was one of seven men arrested at the Lilliesleaf Farm, Rivonia, near Johannesburg.

South African Communist Party (SACP)

On 30 July 2011, the South African Communist Party (SACP) celebrated its 90th anniversary. Initially known as the Communist Party of South Africa (CPSA), the party changed its name to the South African Communist Party (SACP) in 1953, after it had been forced underground.

Allison Drew Collection

Prof. Allison Drew is a noted historian and writer on socialism and nationalism in the South African context. This is a collection of books and documents that explains the link between radical political organisations and the national liberation struggle in South Africa

African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL)

The African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) was established on 2 April 1944, by Anton Lambede (who became the League’s first President), Nelson Mandela, Ashby Mda, Walter Sisulu and Oliver Tambo.