Members of the Food and Canning Workers Union awaiting the arrival of Ray Alexander from exile

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Members of the Food and Canning Workers Union awaiting the arrival of Ray Alexander from exile. Ray Alexander was the former general secretary of the organisation and one of the founding members of the women's federation. Cape Town. By the time the 1980s drew to a close the revolt against the government, increased international pressure and the regime's counter-revolution of oppression had reduced the country to a state of anarchy. FW de Klerk realized that reform had to take place various negotiation processes began to take place e.g. The Groote Schuur Minute, CODESA 1 and 2, and the Multi-party negotiations process. What is relevant here is that women activists began to return to South Africa to take up senior political posts and make an active contribution in the progress towards democracy.