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Sophiatown residents are forcefully moved to Soweto

Wednesday, 9 February 1955
It was in the early hours on 9 February 1955 when around 2 000 policemen, armed with guns, knobkerries and rifles, forcefully moved the families of Sophiatown to Meadowlands, Soweto. Their possessions were loaded at the back of police trucks, and dumped in Meadowlands where they were forced to stay. With their children, these families were exposed to cold and rainy weather conditions. ..
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1861 Simon Mapogo Makgatho is born at Ga Mphahlele, Pietersburg district in Transvaal (now Limpopo province). 1870 The death of the King... read more
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By the 1900s African people had been dispossessed of their land and colonial rule was still in the process of being entrenched. The... read more
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