Soweto High School under siege

Tuesday, 13 August 1985

South African Defence Force soldiers, travelling in a convoy of more than ten armoured vehicles, surrounded the Thaba-Juluba high school in Soweto and arrested 200 students during a clampdown on school boycotts. The arrested students were taken to Moroka police station where their names were recorded before their release. The following day students did not turn up for their classes and the military maintained their presence at the school.

Teachers in Cape Town joined the strike the next week to support students' boycott of classes and demands. They agreed to introduce an alternative programme to ensure that students do not lose out on their education.

The students began their boycott to protest against the presence of the military in townships and schools in the wake of the State of Emergency.

References:
• Weekly Mail Reporter. 1985. Two-day school siege, Weekly Mail, August 16 1985, pp 16.

Last updated : 11-Aug-2017

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