Born in 30 November  1933, in India he came to South Africa with his family in June 1935. Adams joined South African Indian Congress (SAIC) and the South African Communist Party (SACP) in the forties during the anti-Ghetto Act campaign. With the SAIC he collected food and money for victims of the 1949 Durban riots and for families whose wage earners were jail during the 1952 Defiance Campaign.He was drawn to politics as a teenager in Johannesburg during Indian protest against the Asiatic land Tenure Act (the "Ghetto" Act) in 1946 to 1948.He was an activist in the Transvaal Indian Congress Youth League and the Youth Communist League,he became a member of the Transvaal Indian Congress executive for about five years,working some of that time as its full-time secretary-general.

During the 1950s, he was arrested several times in protest campaigns. He was convicted and fined for painting Freedom Charter slogans in 1955 in public places.he was involve in the campaign against the removal of Sophiatown,him and Kathrada were charged with incitement were later released.

Notable as the first accused, alphabetically, in the Treason Trial, Regina v. F. Adams and others, which lasted from 1956 to March 1961. At the time of his arrest for treason in 1956 he was employed as a clerk. He was banned in July 1961 for five years years from attending gatherings and nine months later  was also banned again for leaving Johannesburg.In 1963 he was allowed to attend his own wedding in Lenasia,when his bans expired they were not renewed.


Gail M. Gerhart, Teresa Barnes, Antony Bugg-Levine, Thomas Karis, Nimrod Mkele .From Protest to Challenge 4-Political Profiles (1882-1990) (last accessed 28 August 2018)

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