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The trial of Dr Allan Boesak on charges of theft and fraud starts

Monday, 24 August 1998
Born in 1945 in the North West Cape, Boesak developed deep interests in religion and politics from an early age.  At the age of 14 he became a sexton Dutch Reformed Church's Sendingkerk (a coloured offshoot of the white Dutch Reformed Church).  He was ordained at 23, and at the age of 30 left for Holland where he would earn a doctorate in ethics. Upon his return to South Africa shortly after the 1976 Soweto uprisings, he increased his anti-Apartheid political activities. A dy..
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Saturday, 31 August 2019



South African History Online

History of Women’s struggle in South Africa

South African History Online (SAHO) has over the past four years developed a series of programmes to mark the role of women in the struggle for freedom and equality. 

Natal Indian Congress (NIC)

The NIC (Natal Indian Congress) was the first of the Indian Congresses to be formed. It was established in 1894 by Mahatma Gandhi to fight discrimination against Indian traders in Natal. From the 1920s the organization functioned under the umbrella organization, the SAIC (South African Indian Congress).

Women and the struggle against Apartheid

It is often overlooked that women played a very important role in the struggle against apartheid. Today when we think of the leaders of the struggle we tend to think about Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu, Oliver Tambo, Albert Luthuli and other prominent men. 

The Role of Women in the Struggle against Apartheid, 15 July 1980

Women in South Africa, since the turn of the century, have emerged as primary catalysts for protests against, and as challengers of, the apartheid regime. 

The 1956 Women’s March in Pretoria

The 1956 Women’s March was a pivotal event in the history of resistance politics in South Africa. It demonstrated and helped popularize techniques that became reasonably common and effective in resistance politics as well as garnered symbolical significance over time. Women protested their right to repeal pass laws in fighting to be free in their own country.

Women in the Cities and the Resistance Movement

Urban women played a significant role in the struggle against Apartheid by entering into the labour force and taking jobs as both domestic workers and factory workers. These jobs helped women to make the connections necessary to form support for trade unions and ultimately anti-apartheid political organisations. As a result, women led a series of successful anti-apartheid campaigns that significantly impacted the struggle against apartheid.

Women’s Role in the Negotiations by Nicole Dellaportas

Women played a major role in both politics and negotiations during the struggle against apartheid. Women helped transform South Africa into a new, free country where people now have a voice and freedom from the government

Women’s resistance in the 1960s - Sharpeville and its aftermath

As the 1950s gave way to the 1960s the African National Congress (ANC) and Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) both announced plans to tackle the pass laws for blacks (both men and women) with massive protests, civil disobedience and pass burnings.

Apartheid crumbles, Women in the turmoil of the 1980s

The 1980s saw escalating state repression and mass detentions. In a frenzy of desperate reaction, the government declared a series of back-to-back states of emergency from 1985 to 1987.