This Day In History


Percy Qoboza and his deputy, Aggrey Klaaste are arrested by the Special Branch police

Wednesday, 19 October 1977
The editor of The World and Weekend World, Percy Qoboza and his deputy, Aggrey Klaaste were arrested by the Special Branch police in a mission to shut down the two Black publications. Qoboza and Klaaste spent five months in solitary confinement after being led straight to their cells - in their suits and ties - from the newspapers' building. Journalists such as Mathatha Tsedu, Joe Tlholoe, Don Materra and many others were detained and handed down 5 year banning orders upon their releas..
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