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Helen Joseph is one of the most well-known South African women to campaign against apartheid. Her autobiography is being published on her 81st birthday and is a worthy successor to her two earlier...
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From the book: Side by Side by Helen Joseph ... Two roads diverged in a wood, and I, I took the one less travelled by, And that has made all the difference. Robert Frost, "The Road Not...
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From the book: Side by Side by Helen Joseph June 1971 had brought me freedom from all the frustrations of house arrest and the other onerous mutilations of my liberty. It had done more than...
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From the book: Side by Side by Helen Joseph The 1950s had been a decade of protest, from the Defiance Campaign at the beginning to the Treason Trial victory and the resistance of women to...
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From the book: Side by Side by Helen Joseph The Congress Alliance, functioning with a closely co-ordinated leadership, was working on the preparations for the coming Congress of the People, the...
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From the book: Side by Side by Helen Joseph The first anniversary of the Soweto shooting, 16 June 1977, was to be commemorated at St Mary's Cathedral in Johannesburg by a twenty-four hours...
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From the book: Side by Side by Helen Joseph Six months later, in August 1958, we came to trial. The government wanted us out of Johannesburg this time, to avoid huge crowds of Africans...
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From the book: Side by Side by Helen Joseph I drove back alone to Johannesburg, to my comfortable home in a white suburb, to my comfortable white life; my well-paid white job and it all seemed...
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From the book: Side by Side by Helen Joseph The State of Emergency was over. Lilian and I came out of gaol together on the morning of 31 August and climbed into the police van for the last time...
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From the book: Side by Side by Helen Joseph After almost five years of house arrest, I was eagerly but anxiously looking forward to 31 October 1967, when the restrictions were due to expire. I...
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From the book: Side by Side by Helen Joseph We shall not rest until we have won for our children their fundamental right to freedom, justice and security. I shall never forget what I saw on 9...
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From the book: Side by Side by Helen Joseph Right up to the morning of 1 July, I did not know what to expect. Even before the bans were due to expire I was invited to open a women's...
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From the book: Side by Side by Helen Joseph Soon after my return to South Africa in 1955, I had a brief personal link with the Black Sash, an activist organisation of women voters, which...
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From the book: Side by Side by Helen Joseph The main street in a small country town in the Orange Free State, some 360 miles from Johannesburg; a few shops, a bank, a couple of filling stations...
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From the book: Side by Side by Helen Joseph On that day in August 1956, I was already fifty-one. I often wonder just how it took me so long to find the road to what must surely be one of the...
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From the book: Side by Side by Helen Joseph The Congress of the People was over. We had come down from the mountain, down to our daily lives. The delegates from other areas had driven home...
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From the book: Side by Side by Helen Joseph I remember well that first meeting with the redoubtable Solly Sachs, when I flew to Johannesburg for the interview. He didn't seem at all...
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From the book: Side by Side by Helen Joseph While I was living encapsulated in house arrest, the 1960s inexorably became a decade of disgrace, of repressive legislation. Sadistic incarceration...
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From the book: Side by Side by Helen Joseph At long last 1962 arrived and I could say to myself, "It's THIS year" ”” this year that my bans would end and I would be...
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From the book: Side by Side by Helen Joseph Two of our most loved women leaders, Mary Moodley and Lilian Ngoyi, died at the end of the 1970s. They had both dedicated their lives to the struggle...
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From the book: Side by Side by Helen Joseph The months of legal argument on the indictment were over at last and thirty "high traitors" pleaded not guilty to the charge of treason,...
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Distinguished Mayors of Greater Johannesburg; Members of the National and Provincial legislatures; Dear Friends and Comrades; Ladies and Gentlemen. Whenever I have to speak about the...
Publication date: 30 March 1996
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`What are Kingdoms without Justice but large robber bands?` St. Augustine Mrs. Helen Joseph has made an important contribution to the literature of the liberatory movement in South Africa. The...
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From the book: Side by Side by Helen Joseph In January 1957 we were back again in the Drill Hall. The cage had been removed and our seats were now numbered. I found to my dismay that I was...
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From the book: Side by Side by Helen Joseph Forty years is a very long time to be away from the faith into which you were born and baptised, the faith in which you were brought up and confirmed...
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In Pretoria things had changed at court. Our van drove through the gates of the old synagogue. We heard shouts of greeting as we were driven in and knew that friends were gathered outside. We were...
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From the book: Side by Side by Helen Joseph On 13 October 1962,1 became the first person in South Africa to be put under house arrest. The minister was "satisfied" that I was engaged...
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From the book: Side by Side by Helen Joseph When I began to give evidence, my knees were actually trembling for the first time in my life. Somehow I managed to make my opening statement: I did...
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From the book: Side by Side by Helen Joseph One of the special joys of being unbanned was that although banned people could still not communicate with me, listed people could. This brought some...
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