Albertina Sisulu celebrating with friends after her release from 90 days in a detainee’s cell.

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Albertina Sisulu celebrating with friends after her release from 90 days in a detainee's cell. Albertina Sisulu, wife of Walter Sisulu, was held after the sensational Rivonia raid in July 1963. By imprisoning leaders of MK and the ANC, the government was able to break the strength of the ANC inside South Africa. The ANC however also succeeded in increasing international criticism of apartheid and the United Nations condemned the trial and started steps to introduce sanctions. Over the next few years there were few acts of sabotage. Without an internal structure the ANC had great difficulty in planning and executing infiltration into South Africa. The late 1960s turned out to be very quiet as black people tried to reorganise themselves both inside South African and in exile. It became so calm that some people even began to think that they had accepted their position and that the government had managed to suppress oppression. As the ruling party, the NP government went about strengthening their position inside South Africa and improved the economic position of white people. The government's strategy was quite effective, until 1976 when mass resistance began again.