10 things worth knowing about Amina Cachalia

» Born in 1930 in Johannesburg to a politically conscious family

» Father closely associated with Gandhi and the passive resistance campaign of 1907

» Member of the Transvaal Indian Congress from an early age

» Ensured she was sent to school in Durban in the mid-1940’s because she was aware women’s passive resistance campaign would be launched from there

» Instrumental in launching Women’s Progressive Union in 1948

» One of the leaders of the 1956 women’s march against passes

» Received three consecutive banning orders amounting to 15 years of house arrest

» Played key role in planning and executing escape of Arthur Goldreich, Harold Wolpe, Mosie Moolla and Abdulhai Jassat from prison

» Supported campaign against Tricameral Parliament

» Offered ambassadorial post in 1994, but declined because of family commitments

Source: www.presidency.gov.za; www.wits.ac.za

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