Helen Joseph is put under house arrest


Saturday, 13 October 1962

Former political activist, Helen Joseph, fell victim to the Draconian apartheid legislations. She became the first person to be put under house arrest under the Sabotage Act, introduced by the newly appointed Minister of Justice, B.J Voster. The conditions attached to her arrest included a prohibition on leaving her house at night and over weekends and also on receiving visitors.



• Joseph, H. (1986). Side by Side: the autobiography of Helen Joseph, London: Zed.
• Kalley, J.A.; Schoeman, E. & Andor, L.E. (eds)(1999). Southern African Political History: a chronology of key political events from independence to mid-1997, Westport: Greenwood.
Sonderling, N.E. (ed.) New Dictionary of South African Biography, v. 2

Last updated : 11-Oct-2016

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