Today in history: Walter Sisulu is born

By Drum Digital
17 May 2015

Political leader, Walter Ulyate Sisulu was born in the Engcobo area in the Transkei on 18 May 1912.

Date: 18 May, 1912

Sisulu worked as a miner, baker's assistant, domestic helper and factory hand and was an active trade unionist before joining the African National Congress (ANC) in 1940. He immediately demonstrated a talent for leadership and organisation. Determined that the movement should become more militant, he was instrumental, along with Oliver Tambo and Nelson Mandela, in forming the ANC Youth League (1944). He was elected its treasurer, and thereafter rose rapidly through the ranks of the parent body, serving as secretary-general from 1949 to 1954. Sisulu was a key figure in events leading up to the ANC's acceptance of the ANC Youth League’s  Program of  Action in 1949.

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