Robert Sobukwe, former leader of the banned Pan-Africanist Congress (PAC), although still under a banning order, was admitted to practice as an attorney in Kimberley. In 1969, Sobukwe finally left Robben Island, only to be banished to Galeshewe township near Kimberley where he was banned from writing, teaching, speaking in public or even praying in church. He was, however, allowed to study law and, after being admitted as an attorney in 1975, ran a one-man practice from a small office in Galeshewe. Restricted though he was, Sobukwe would not be silenced and continued to consult with political activists, including a young Steve Biko, who considered him a role model. Sobukwe wanted to enter into practice with people like Phyllis Naidoo but his banning orders prevented him from doing so as he was not allowed to move from one magistrate's district to the other.
Banned PAC leader Sobukwe is admitted as attorney
Friday, 13 June 1975
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