Parliament addresses Soweto Protests

Thursday, 17 June 1976

Following the onset of the Soweto uprising the previous day, Parliament met in an Extraordinary Session at the request of the leader of opposition, Colin Eglin. Eglin demanded the resignation of the minister of Bantu Administration and Development, M.C. Botha, and his deputy,  Andries Treurnicht. The Minister of Justice and Police, J.T. Kruger, assigned a one-man judicial commission in the person of  Justice P.M. CilliÁƒÂƒ©, Judge President of the Transvaal, to investigate the unrest in Soweto.


  1. 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.


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