Former South African Prime Minister Strijdom dies


South African Prime Minister Strijdom

Sunday, 24 August 1958

Former National Party leader and Prime Minister of South Africa, Advocate J. G. Strijdom dies. It was during his tenure in 1955 in Kliptown near Johannesburg, that the Freedom Charter, which embraced the ideological principles of the African National Congress and other liberation movements, was endorsed. A year later, Strijdom's government was faced with a march by twenty thousand women on August 9th, 1956 to the Union Buildings in Pretoria to protest against the proposed amendments to the Urban Areas Act of 1950.


• Encyclopedia Britannica, "Johannes Gerhardus Strijdom", from Encyclopedia Britannica , [online], Available at [Accessed: 21 august 2013]
• Ocford Dictionary of nation biography, "Strijdom, Johannes Gerhardus (1893”“1958)", from Ocford Dictionary of nation biography, [Online], available at [Accessed: 21 august 2013]

Last updated : 22-Aug-2013

This article was produced for South African History Online on 16-Mar-2011