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

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Percy Qoboza sowetanlive.co.za

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 release. 

References:
• O’Malley, P. ‘1977’, from Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, [online], available at www.nelsonmandela.org.za (Accessed: 28 September 2013)
• Molefe, T. (2007) ‘Parallels to fateful day inevitable now that government is tightening screws’, from Sowetan Live, 17 October, [online], available at www.sowetanlive.co.za (accessed: 27 September 2013)

Last updated : 17-Oct-2013

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