Today in history: Bram Fischer sentenced to life

By Drum Digital
23 March 2015

Bram Fischer served on the Johannesburg District Committee and the Central Committee of the Communist Party of South Africa.

 23 March, 1966

During the 1940s, Bram Fischer served on the Johannesburg District Committee and the Central Committee of the Communist Party of South Africa (later SACP). In 1943, he helped A. B. Xuma revise the African National Congress (ANC) constitution, and was charged with incitement during the mineworkers' strike in 1946.

On 23 March 1966, he was found guilty of violating the Suppression of Communism Act and conspiring to commit sabotage. These convictions lead to a sentence of life imprisonment in Pretoria Central Prison. In 1967, he was awarded the Lenin Peace Prize.

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