Yusaf Ahmed Cachalia

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Biographical information


Member of the African National Congress (ANC)

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Detained under Act No. 44 of 1950 Sec. 5 (1)
Date Admitted To Prison: 
28 April 1967 to 30 November 1968; 17 June 1969 to 30 November 1973; 6 November1973 to 30 November 1978

Born in 1915 and restricted to Johannesburg by the apartheid government. A leading figure in the South African Indian Congress in the 1940s and 1950s; he was instrumental in bringing about African/Indian co-operation during the 1952 Defiance campaign. He was arrested several times for civil disobediance and convicted with 19 other leaders in the Defiance Campaign in Dec 52, receiving a 9 month suspended sentence. He has been continuously under ban since 1953 and was under house arrest from 1963 to 1973. In 1963 his second wife, Amina, was issued with a banning order, making it necessary for them to obtain government permission to speak to one another.

Last updated : 11-Jan-2017

This article was produced by South African History Online on 19-Mar-2012