The Lilliesleaf Farm

Liliesleaf farm raid. © Alf Kumalo, Baileys African History Archives

Although the bustling suburb of Rivonia has since grown up around the old Lilliesleaf farm house, in the early 1960s it was an isolated farm location, and proved perfect for a time for banned members of the ANC to hide-out from the ubiquitous and highly efficient police and security services. It was also a meeting place for most of the luminaries of the struggle, and many of the defining policies that ultimately saw the overthrow of apartheid were devised on the Farm. In the early 1960s a security officer of the Nationalist era, Johan Coetzee, had infiltrated one of his agents, Gerard Ludi, into Umkhonto we Sizwe. Acting on his information, police surrounded Lilliesleaf Farm in Rivonia on 11 July 1963. . more info

Last updated : 30-Jan-2012

This article was produced for South African History Online on 14-Jul-2011